A U.S government body has ignored data illustrating the alarming rates of lactose intolerance in the States while compiling a cornerstone nutritional report which will inform the next five years of federal dietary guidance.
This exclusive Plant Based News video suggests the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) scientific report, which was compiled by the Committee’s 20 health expert members, ‘presents a narrow misleading picture of the effect of milk on health’.
The report will be used by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
‘Alarming lactose intolerance dairy data’
“The USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) published a highly anticipated report, but ignored alarming lactose intolerance dairy data,” PBN founder Klaus Mitchell says in the video.
The video shares data showing that 65 percent of the global population is lactose intolerant, according to the National Institute of Health, with this number being even higher among non-white populations, including Asians, blacks, and Hispanics.
But the newly updated recommendations state we should all be consuming three glasses of milk or other low-fat dairy foods per day, despite that fact that between 75 percent and 90 percent of people with African, Native American, and Asian heritage have lactose intolerance – which was not addressed in the new guidelines.
According to Mitchell, the dairy recommendations in the report make it ‘painfully obvious…that the authors opted for tunnel vision stating in adults, the role of milk in adiposity was the sole focus of this review.’
“So in other words, they ignored anything other than what milk makes you fat. For children, they also considered whether it helped them grow, but nothing besides that, which is astonishing. By disregarding other factors, they present a narrow misleading picture of the effect of milk on health,” he says.
“Even about taking into consideration the diseases that dairy contributes to, the USDA’s own data about the proportion of ethnic minority people that have lactose intolerant should be enough to take dairy completely off the menu, especially when humans don’t need it.”
You can contact the USDA to share your views on these recommendations – find out more here