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Harvard Declares Dairy NOT Part of Healthy Diet

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  The university was responding to the USDA’s new MyPlate guide for healthy eating, which replaced the outdated and misguided food pyramid.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.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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6:25AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

If they are blaming saturated fat then they are not using science.

12:45PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

"Cows milk is for baby cows not for humans it's indigestible for us. I don't know whoever came up with the idea that we should drink milk from other mammals is right. Not!!!!" (susan t.)

So you're saying that if a woman can't breastfeed her baby (some women can't) or refuses to breastfeed, the baby should starve. Good to know. I guess you're also in favor of people getting osteoporosis due to a deficiency of calcium?

I had goats' milk when I was a baby. I have no idea why I wasn't able to tolerate cows' milk, but I tolerate it just fine now.

12:28PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Shocking!!! Thank's for sharing.

2:38AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Cows milk is for baby cows not for humans it's indigestible for us. I don't know whoever came up with the idea that we should drink milk from other mammals is right. Not!!!!

9:05AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

I have a hard time really getting behind a study that recommends soy milk as a healthy alternative...

5:39PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

They don't seem to mention or differentiate between raw and pasturized(bastardised?) dairy.
Raw dairy is a whole different ball game when it comes to being part of a good diet.
i had a real problem with dairy(except butter) for 25+ years. Then i started using raw dairy and have never looked back. A perfect food.
The reason we need it is because the majority of peoples bodies and digestive tracts are weak and need nutrients from an easily available source. Milk is one of those sources.
See Primal Diet and Price Pottinger Institute and maybe Paleo diet for more info.

7:55AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

thank you

2:33PM PDT on Sep 20, 2013


5:41AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

8:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

Did you miss the circle to the right for milk? From the science, it is clear to me that a plant-based diet is the most healthy option. Why would the USDA have a spot for protein when Veg and beans have the perfect amount of protein? I am going with Ornish, Fuhrman et al!

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