AEB advocates for change in 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines

The egg organization wants the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to consider modifications in its proposed scientific review protocol.

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The marketing organization American Egg Board (AEB)’s education division Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) has submitted public comments to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) in response to a portion of its proposed scientific review protocol in the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines.

The two changes submitted are directed at the question in the guidelines that asks, “What is the relationship between dietary patterns consumed and risk of cardiovascular disease?”

  1.        The ENC is requesting that the DGAC considers expanding the current study duration criteria, which is currently restricted to studies that run for 12 weeks or more, to allow for studies of shorter duration. According to the ENC, studies less than 12 weeks in duration that identify a change in blood lipids as a primary or secondary outcome comprise a significant portion of relevant scientific literature on cardiovascular health.
  2.        The ENC wants the DGAC to consider including additional biomarkers for cardiovascular health that are recognized by the scientific community as important to measuring cardiovascular risk. The specific biomarkers the ENC is requesting include high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, cholesterol particle size and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

In the ENC’s comments, it highlights specific research studies less than 12 weeks in length that focus on the health benefits of regular egg consumption and use the DGAC’s already recommended biomarkers.

“There are important considerations not currently accounted for in the proposed scientific review protocol that will help ensure that the Committee has a complete and accurate understanding of what the current science says,” explained Dr. Mickey Rubin, ENC Executive Director.

“First, it is widely accepted that studies of shorter duration are sufficient in assessing the impact of diet on cardiovascular risk markers like blood cholesterol. The data from those studies are potentially important and relevant to include in their review. Second, the science around cardiovascular health has advanced, and there are important biomarkers for cardiovascular risk that would not be captured in the current protocol.”

Emily Metz, AEB President and CEO, added: “Eggs play an increasingly important role in American diets, and what we know about the benefits of eggs has grown exponentially as nutrition science has evolved. The American Egg Board and our highly credentialed scientists at the Egg Nutrition Center are committed to supporting the crucial work of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to ensure its esteemed members can make fully informed recommendations based on the breadth of current science.”

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