A group of doctors suggests ditching “dangerous” dairy products from the US nutritional guidelines following Canada’s new food guidelines that ban cheese and suggest drinking water instead of dairy milk.
According to a group of doctors from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit organization with 12,000 doctor members led by Dr. Neal Bernard, dairy products can result in a variety of health risks such as heart disease, lactose intolerance, and cancer.
The organization is urging the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to recommend to the US Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Health and Human Services that “the upcoming guidelines clearly warn Americans about the health dangers of dairy products, including heart disease, cancer, and lactose intolerance.”
“It’s time for the Dietary Guidelines to finally make it clear to Americans that dairy products are dangerous,” said Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., Director of Nutrition Education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
“The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee can’t ignore the scientific evidence against dairy when it makes its recommendations to the USDA and HHS.”
The current US nutritional guideline recommends avoiding saturated fat because of its link to heart disease but claims that “most individuals in the United States would benefit by increasing dairy intake” despite dairy products being the #1 source of saturated fat in the American diet.
Members of the PCRM have been vocal about the benefits of a plant-based diet and the health risks of animal meat and by-products.
Recently, doctors from the organization protested against McDonald’s “Bacon Hour” promo that allows customers to get free bacon for every order.
According to the doctors — who held a demonstration outside McDonald’s in Washington DC, where they were seen holding red-and-yellow signs that read “#BreakUpWithBacon,” “Bacon Causes Butt Cancer,” and “Colorectal Cancer: I’m Riskin’ It” — processed meat like bacon increases risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Additionally, a few strips of bacon a day increases cancer risk by 18%, while eating 50 grams of processed meat a day increases the risk of getting pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and overall cancer mortality.