Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Update on the food pyramid issue: the USDA has released its new dietary guidelines, and they're pretty much the same as the old guidelines. About dairy products they say in the "key recommendations" section: "Consume 3 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products." That's actually an increase from the old requirements, which called for 2-3 servings. (The dairy industry recommends 4.) In the text of the recommendations, they elaborate:

If a person wants to consider milk alternatives because of lactose intolerance, the most reliable and easiest ways to derive the health benefits associated with milk and milk product consumption is to choose alternatives within the milk food group, such as yogurt or lactose-free milk, or to consume the enyzme lactase prior to the consumption of milk products. For individuals who choose to or must avoid all milk products (e.g. individuals with lactose intolerance, vegans), non-dairy calcium-containing alternatives may be selected to help meet calcium needs.

At least it mentions alternatives, I guess.

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