Nutrition expert says water should replace milk in US dietary guidelines
A nutritional expert says when the USDA releases it's latest dietary guidelines, they should cut out the dairy.
Canada's food guide recently made headlines with dairy playing a minor part in the recommended diet for Canadians.
Writing in The Hill, Susan Levin, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says the United States should follow that example.
"The National Institutes of Health estimates that 30 million to 50 million American adults are lactose intolerant, including 95 percent of Asians Americans, 60-80 percent of African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews, 80-100 percent of Native Americans, and 50-80 percent of Hispanics.
"Doctors agree that Americans don’t need dairy. This past July, the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, passed a resolution calling on the U.S.
"Dairy is, in fact, completely disposable in the American diet. Calcium is plentiful in beans, leafy green vegetables, tofu, breads, and cereals. Oranges, bananas, potatoes, and other fruits, vegetables, and beans are rich sources of potassium. Legumes and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of magnesium. The natural source of vitamin D is sunlight, and fortified cereals, grains, bread, orange juice, and plant milks are dietary options.
"When the USDA finally announces the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, its members must advise the federal government to tell Americans that dairy is unnecessary."
She also says that consumers "are done with dairy" with America having a it's largest ever cheese surplus and "Americans drink 100 pounds less milk today than they did in 1975."
Read her piece in The Hill titled "Milk should make way for water in US dietary guidelines" HERE.