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Harvard Says Dairy Is Not a Health Food

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According to new Harvard research, dairy should not considered to be part of a healthy diet, as claimed by the USDA’s 2011 MyPlate guide to healthy eating.

The USDA is often ridiculed for being too heavily influenced by financial concerns rather than public health, so the Harvard School of Public Health set out to do something extraordinary: create a healthy eating guide based on scientific evidence that is NOT influenced by food industry lobbyists. In a one-two-punch to the USDA’s “MyPlate,” the new guide is called, “Healthy Eating Plate.”

The researchers indicate that while obtaining calcium is beneficial, obtaining it from dairy “can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.” The report went on to say that “dairy products can be high in saturated fat as well as retinol (vitamin A), which at high levels can paradoxically weaken bones.”

But is declaring that all dairy is unhealthy going too far to make a point? While we respect their intentions, we do ridicule their methodology, as the researchers did not examine the differences between raw vs. pasteurized dairy products or those from grass-fed vs. factory farmed cows — factors which can greatly impact nutritional valie

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One response to “Harvard Says Dairy Is Not a Health Food”

  1. Jason CSCS says:

    I have so glad to hear someone else talk about this.  I have questioned milk consumption for some time.  They are the only industry that I know of that bands together to promote their product.

    I don’t think we should drink milk, raw milk maybe but not the stuff the dairy industry pushes.

    I think there is a reason so many people are lactose intolerant, and that is because we are not designed to drink comercial milk from cows.