The new U.S. dietary guidelines have been released, and though the formatting looks different than previous guidelines, not much has changed. The guidelines propose ways to eat healthier, but don't mention specific food groups such as sugar-sweetened beverages and meat due to the financial clout of these organizations. However, I will consider the evidence and comment about what was outlined well and what should be made clearer.
For as long as I can remember (and I haven't been around too long now), meat has always been the culprit of most diseases popping up and increasing in the U.S. My mother used to always tell all her friends how she only ate white meat because red meat gives us heart disease. My mom is a doctor so when I was a little girl I thought everything a mother said, and a doctor especially, was right. So I followed suit and only ate chicken and sliced turkey, forgoing beef and pork. (But we are Greek so once or twice a year we would eat some lamb).
When it came to eating dairy, however, it was a different story. Dairy has always been good in our household and most others. It’s full of calcium and important for growing bones, my mother told me. But after watching Forks Over Knives this past week, a documentary about eating a plant-based diet that forgoes animal and dairy products to reduce disease, it made me wonder if I should forego those food groups. Below I will outline my thoughts and why I ultimately have decided to keep animal products and dairy in my diet.