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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  The university was responding to the USDA’s new MyPlate guide for healthy eating, which replaced the outdated and misguided food pyramid.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 WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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1:54AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Shan D, if you are worried about Calcium, try some dark leafy greens, they are also packed with iron and other wholesome goodness. You don't need dairy for anything, unless you're really fussy, but that's a personal choice, rather than a necessity!

7:54PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Thank you Karl B. for the link to the real study!

I wonder why so many people still swallow Michelle Schoffro Cook's rigged interpretations without looking up the original...

9:31AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Anyone who insists that humans should not drink milk just because other animals don't past weaning does not understand genetics or evolutionary biology. Homo Sapiens has evolved multiple mechanisms to allow for the consumption of lactose past infancy. Depending on where your ancestors were from, the proteins responsible evolved anywhere from 10000 to 3000 years ago. In some cultures, where cattle were not raised, such as east Asia, the genes did not evolve, so these cultures still do not include milk or cheese in their diets. Is milk necessary? No. It gave some people an evolutionary advantage at some point in time, probably as a response to famine, so that extra protein could be obtained. Nor is it so bad to consume so long as you are not lactose intolerant. As noted in the text of that "healthy plate", milk and cheese are fine to consume in limited quantities as part of a balanced diet.

1:33PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Milk is baby food for cattle.

We're NOT cattle.

We're NOT babies.

Nature weans babies.

Every body does NOT ''need milk." The human body (AND those of our fellow apes) evolved nicely without continuing on with an obsolete, unnecessary BREAST MILK diet. And we're all doing well without it....unless you believe the Dairy industry. (You know them--they're the ones who cram cattle into tiny pens and keep the females ''fresh'' in an ongoing round of giving birth/nursing machines.)

The US has been in the grip of a powerful DAIRY lobby for decades and I wish it would stop!

1:01PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

This article is a TOTAL misrepresentation of the Harvard recommendations it claims to report on. Looking at the link to Harvard, It seems they directly mention both milk (limited to 1-2 servings a day) and cheese

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/

Sure, dairy might be a poor choice for some people but don't use lies to convince people of that

8:26AM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

Sounds like the bok choy lobby is gaining strength.

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!!!!

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