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 Post subject: Re: Are USDA dairy recommendations racist?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:49 pm 
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I googled for racist milk and this came up

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so it's settled. blame grandma.

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 Post subject: Re: Are USDA dairy recommendations racist?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:40 pm 
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To be fair, the USDA does include calcium fortified beverages like soymilk and orange juice in their recommendations. They just don't fit nicely into the MyPlate visual.

While I don't think the dairy recommendations are racist, I do think the inclusion as a separate group arbitrary, as calcium does not need to be supplied in beverage form. We don't have an "iron" or "folic acid" group.


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 Post subject: Re: Are USDA dairy recommendations racist?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:54 am 
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Beanitarian wrote:
To be fair, the USDA does include calcium fortified beverages like soymilk and orange juice in their recommendations. They just don't fit nicely into the MyPlate visual.


That's a pretty good point that I forgot about.


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 Post subject: Re: Are USDA dairy recommendations racist?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:54 am 
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http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/dairy.html

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For those who are lactose intolerant, smaller portions (such as 4 fluid ounces of milk) may be well tolerated. Lactose-free and lower-lactose products are available. These include lactose-reduced or lactose-free milk, yogurt, and cheese, and calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage). Also, enzyme preparations can be added to milk to lower the lactose content. Calcium-fortified foods and beverages such as cereals, orange juice, or rice or almond beverages may provide calcium, but may not provide the other nutrients found in dairy products.


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 Post subject: Re: Are USDA dairy recommendations racist?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:02 am 
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Although I'm guessing those with middle eastern ancestry may have a lower level of lactose intolerance but not sure on that.


I think the racism claim has more merit since the medical field in the USA has a history of discrimination. Interestingly, ashkenazi jews also have a high lactose intolerance prevalence.


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