The organization highlights the connection between consumption of animal products and diseases. It says: Hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease are among America’s top killers.
ROBBIE LOCKIE: Doctors are calling for ‘a focus on plant-based diets’ in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Nonprofit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – which advocates for animal-free diets on health grounds – has released its recommendations for guidelines.
The organization highlights the connection between the consumption of animal products and diseases including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease – which it says ‘were already among America’s top killers and are now leading COVID-19 comorbidities’.
Among PCRM’s recommendations, is that low-carbohydrate eating patterns, or limiting carbohydrates should not be promoted in the guidelines. The organization also says guidelines should warn against consuming processed meat, which was classified as ‘carcinogenic to humans’ by the World Health Organization in 2015.
PCRM wants the guidelines to continue to promote plant-based eating patterns, saying a ‘plant-based diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, is full of fiber, loaded with vitamins and minerals, free of cholesterol, and low in calories and saturated fat’.
The nonprofit says water should be recommended as a drink instead of milk, saying ‘dairy products are the No. 1 source of saturated fat in the American diet, which increases the risk of heart disease. Scientific evidence also shows that dairy products increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers, asthma, and early death, and offer little if any protection for bone health’…
Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,… said: “The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans need to focus more on recommending plant-based foods and also warning against meat and dairy products that exacerbate hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, which already kill hundreds of thousands of people each year and now make COVID-19 more severe and deadly”. SOURCE…