Plant-Based Doctors Explain To The Government Why Dairy Is A Race Issue
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — a group of over 12,000 doctors — has written to the US government to explain why dairy is a racist issue.
In the letter, the non-profit organization urges the government to drop dairy from the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The PCRM points to the fact that people of color are much more likely to be lactose intolerant, and are therefore at risk of health issues by following the current guidelines.
“Exacerbating These Disparities”
The letter states that, “Unhealthful foods contribute to a wide range of health problems, many of which take a particular toll in Black and Latinx communities.”
“Federal nutrition policy, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, has played a role in exacerbating these disparities.”
“To help alleviate this problem, we urgently request that you ensure that the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicate that dairy products are unnecessary and warn of their particular health toll on people of color.”
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will release a report next week that will inform the official 2020-2025 guidelines.
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In a separate letter sent last year, the collective of plant-based doctors shared the research to support its claims.
The PCRM explained that, “the loss of lactase enzymes after early childhood is the biological norm. Only among whites is lactase persistence common.”
“The National Institutes of Health estimates 95 percent of Asians Americans, 60-80 percent of African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews, 80-100 percent of Native Americans, and 50-80 percent of Hispanics are lactose intolerant.”
“The Guidelines have never taken into consideration these populations’ natural progression toward not breaking down a major sugar found in milk.”
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