Harvard Declares Dairy NOT Part of Healthy Diet

The Harvard School of Public Health sent a strong message to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and nutrition experts everywhere with the recent release of its “Healthy Eating Plate” food guide.  The university was responding to the USDA’s new MyPlate guide for healthy eating, which replaced the outdated and misguided food pyramid.

Harvard’s nutrition experts did not pull punches, declaring that the university’s food guide was based on sound nutrition research and more importantly, not influenced by food industry lobbyists.  The greatest evidence of its research focus is the absence of dairy products from the “Healthy Eating Plate” based on Harvard’s assessment that “…high intake can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.”  The Harvard experts also referred to the high levels of saturated fat in most dairy products and suggested that collards, bok choy, fortified soy milk, and baked beans are safer choices than dairy for obtaining calcium, as are high quality supplements.

Kudos to Harvard for promoting greater consumption of vegetables and fruits, as well as healthier protein options such as fish, beans or nuts.  And kudos to Harvard for ignoring the lobbyists and showing the USDA what healthy eating is all about.

Adapted from World’s Healthiest News by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  Get your free e-news subscription here.


LaDiva Dietitian

Very Surprising!

sandy Gardner
sandy Gardner4 days ago

Very Surprising!

Myrt G.
Myrt G.about a month ago

Except, Care2 and whoever wrote the "kudos to Harvard" comment at the end: fish is not a "healthier" protein. After reading that last line, now I cannot share this article.
http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/dont-take-the-bait-fish-is-not-a-health-food ; https://www.drmcdougall.com/2013/09/19/fish-are-not-health-food/

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a month ago

Thank you

Elaine W.
Elaine W.about a month ago

Thank You Harvard.

Deborah S.
Deborah S.about a month ago

Thanks Don't like that stuff.

Nina S.
Nina S.about a month ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

Veerle D.
Veerle D.5 months ago

Thanks for sharing!