Evidence suggests dairy doesn’t do a body good—so why does the government still push three servings a day?
While many Americans—perhaps most—don’t pay them any heed – the dietary guidelines are profoundly influential.
They determine which agricultural sectors benefit from taxpayer-funded nutrition campaigns and how the billions of dollars in federal food aid flow each year to needy Americans through programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women – Infants and Children (WIC).
Schools that don’t follow the guidelines can lose out on federal lunch reimbursements.
The guidelines are also the basis for advertisements pushed by government-affiliated groups – including the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign – which preaches that milk contains essential nutrients and ‘helps bones grow strong’.
Since 2005 the dietary guidelines have advised adults to consume the dairy equivalent of three cups of milk per day—a full cup more than was previously recommended.
This winter, the USDA is set to publish new guidelines based on advice from a panel of scientists who have reviewed the latest research—but most experts expect no change in the dairy recommendations.
And that’s a problem – because many current studies suggest Hegsted was right when he claimed adults need very little calcium.
What’s more a growing body of research has found that for grown-ups consuming too much dairy can actually be harmful.
Considering taxpayers spend an estimated $4.5 billion a year to subsidize dairy – many experts believe this new science deserves more attention.
‘We need to realize the economic and health effects of drinking that much milk’ says David Levitsky – a professor in Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences ‘and the role that the dairy industry plays in setting the agenda’.
(ed:..i haven’t eaten/drunk dairy for over 15 years..(make of that what you will)..do i miss it..?..not a jot..!..would i ever consider consuming it again..?..another jot-rebuttal is the answer there too..
..and the vegan archives on this site will yield a vast trove of evidence of how the selling of food designed for baby cows to humans on health grounds…has been a massive con-job played on us all..
.and as a personal disclaimer: before i went vegan i was vegetarian for about 15 yrs..and at that time thought vegans were a bit weird – and how could they possibly live without cheese..?..(silly me..!..eh..?.)
..and for any vegetarians/carnivores thinking they could not face a future without cheese etc…there is a dairy-methadone-style solution..
..as there are now lots of vegan faux-cheese/dairy products on the market..that will take care of those needs..
..and i am told some of them are pretty close to what you feel you will miss..so will bridge the gap..as it were..
..i don’t use them..’cos as already noted/i can report..as with the desire to rip into a steak..the cheese-addiction soon fades/passes..eh…?
..and you end up going:..’whoar..!..what was i thinking..?’..)