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U.S dietary guideline committee blasted for ignoring health risks of dairy

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PCRM: Scientific evidence shows that milk and other dairy products increase the risk of asthma, breast, ovarian and prostate cancers, cognitive decline, and early death.

MARIA CHIORANDO: A cornerstone nutritional report which will inform the next five years of federal dietary guidance has been criticized for failing to warn against the dangers of dairy consumption. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) scientific report, which was compiled the Committee’s 20 health expert members, reviews the latest dietary and nutrition research. It will be used by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

While the report was praised for recommending that Americans should opt for carbohydrate-rich plant-based foods instead of saturated fat-laden red and processed meat, it came under fire for ignoring that dairy products are the leading source of saturated fat in the American diet. The DGAC’s report says: “Two to three cups of total Dairy foods are recommended for consumption each day; the recommendation is three cups for most age-sex groups, regardless of activity level.”

According to health group the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which advocates a plant-based diet, although the DGAC ‘says high-fat dairy is associated with type 2 diabetes’, the report ‘fails to address many other health conditions linked to dairy products’… PCRM says: “Scientific evidence shows that milk and other dairy products increase the risk of asthma, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers, cognitive decline, and early death, and offer little if any protection for bone health.”

In addition, in 2018, the American Medical Association passed a resolution recognizing that lactose intolerance is common among many Americans… Speaking about the report, Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, praised the DGAC for recommending plant-based food – but she condemned it for its stance over dairy. She said: “The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee finally got it right by finding that plant-based foods are beneficial for every health condition and that red and processed meat are beneficial for none. “But they missed the mark when they failed to warn against dairy products, which are the leading source of saturated fat in the American diet.”  SOURCE…

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