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December 31, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Physicians Committee Faults New Dietary Guidelines for Racial Bias, Calls for Guidelines To Be Redrafted

Physicians Committee Faults New Dietary Guidelines for Racial Bias, Calls for Guidelines To Be Redrafted
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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture retract the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released on Dec. 29, 2020. The document, which aims to guide food choices for the next five years, is likely to maintain high cancer rates in Americans, especially Black Americans.

“Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the Guidelines too hastily. They need to be pulled back and redrafted,” says Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “The Guidelines maintain a racially tinged promotion of dairy products, which are far less healthful than other calcium sources and have been shown to increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer, both of which are particularly deadly in the Black community, as well as an inappropriate emphasis on meat, rather than healthier foods.”

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