No Dairy on Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate
In a huge win for veganism, Harvard’s esteemed Chan School of Public Health has removed dairy from its Healthy Eating Plate.
The American Dietetic Association and USDA declared vegan diets healthy at all stages of life by. And yet, no other major US health advisory group has taken steps to remove dairy from their healthy eating recommendations.
The Harvard School of Public Health is following in the footsteps of the World Health Organization, which makes no mention of dairy in its healthy eating recommendations (aside from human breastmilk). The World Health Organization cites high levels of dioxins and naturally occurring trans fatty acids found in dairy products.
Much like the World Health Organization, Harvard advises limiting red and processed meats.
Harvard warns dairy provides no significant benefit, many risks
Harvard explains the absence of dairy:
The Healthy Eating Plate encourages consumers to drink water, since it’s naturally calorie free, or to try coffee and tea (with little or no sugar), which are also great calorie-free alternatives. It advises consumers to avoid sugary drinks, since these are major contributors to the obesity and diabetes epidemics. It recommends limiting milk and dairy to one to two servings per day, since high intakes are associated with increased risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer
They also have this rather damning statement regarding the USDA’s MyPlate dairy recommendation:
MyPlate recommends dairy at every meal, even though there is little if any evidence that high dairy intakes protect against osteoporosis, and there is considerable evidence that too-high intakes can be harmful.
So, dairy increases the risk of prostate and ovarian cancer. And, contrary to advertising claims it doesn’t even protect against osteoporosis!
In light of the medical consensus, the public should be outraged by the false claims made by the dairy industry.
Harvard’s recommendations aren’t subjected to industry lobbyists
This might lead you to wonder why the USDA continues to advice Americans to consume dairy. Harvard explains the difference as follows:
The Healthy Eating Plate is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists. – Healthy Eating Plate vs. USDA MyPlate (emphasis added)
So, the conspiracy theorists may have a point. As Harvard heavily insinuates, the USDA recommendations may be influenced by industry lobbyists.
The US department has a number of mandates, including promoting public nutrition information and the products produced by american farms. These goals often overlap, but they can be at cross purposes when research calls into question the safety of certain products, particularly meat, dairy and eggs.
For example, the USDA has remained silent on WHO recommendations to reduce intake red and processed meats. Instead, they shift focus to the sodium and fat content of processed meat, and the fat content in red meat.
The Harvard School of Public Health, on the other hand, clearly states that consumers should limit or avoid red and processed meats entirely.