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Experts Advising Parents To Avoid Plant-Based Milk Linked To Dairy Industry

by | October 24, 2019

Experts who constructed guidelines that advise parents to give their children cow’s milk have been exposed as having multiple links to the dairy industry.

The recently released campaign Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids recommends that parents stick to breast milk, formula, cow’s milk and water. The campaign also suggests that children under the age of five limit juice consumption, whilst avoiding plant-based milk, caffeine, and added sugar.

The guidelines state that “with the exception of fortified soymilk, many plant-based/non-dairy milk alternatives lack key nutrients found in cow’s milk. Our bodies cannot absorb nutrients in these non-dairy milks as well as they can from regular milk.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) — a non-profit organisation made up of more than 12,000 doctors — has asked that the advice be withdrawn “due to concerns over dairy industry funding.”

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The guidelines suggest children shouldn’t drink plant-based milk (Source: Rido / Shutterstock.com)

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The guidelines were put together by experts from four different organizations — the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the American Heart Association (AHA).

The PCRM has pointed out that the AHA receives funding from the National Dairy Council, whereas the AND also has a history of financial involvement with the dairy industry.

Speaking on behalf of the PCRM, Susan Levin, a registered dietitian has said “While we support the recommendations for breast milk and water, the guidelines promoting cow’s milk are harmful to children…it is important to note too that these new guidelines on preferred beverages for children that favored milk were funded in part by the dairy industry.”

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