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May 29, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Doctors Group Calls for Dairy-Free MyPlate Ahead of June 2 Anniversary

Doctors Group Calls for Dairy-Free MyPlate Ahead of June 2 Anniversary
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture should make MyPlate dairy-free to help protect Americans from cancer, heart disease, lactose intolerance, and other dairy-related health conditions, says the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit with more than 12,000 doctor members. The group is urging Americans to tell the USDA to make MyPlate dairy-free.

MyPlate, which was introduced on June 2, 2011, is an illustration that divides a serving plate into three common food groups—vegetables, fruits, and grains—and one nutrient category—protein. The serving plate is accompanied by a smaller adjacent circle representing a dairy group. Promoted by grocery retailers, health professional associations, restaurant chains, and food manufacturers, MyPlate is meant to provide nutrition guidance but may actually increase health risks.

In 2017, the Physicians Committee petitioned the USDA to remove the dairy group because scientific evidence shows that dairy products offer little if any protection for bone health and increase the risk of asthma, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers, cognitive decline, heart disease, and early death.

Dairy products also harm the millions of Americans with lactose intolerance, which causes bloating, diarrhea, and gas.

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