A top plant-based doctor has explained to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee why its dairy recommendations are racist.
The Advisory Committee, which is comprised of nationally recognized nutrition and medical researchers, academics, and practitioners, updates the guidelines every five years. It invites experts to speak and share current scientific and medical evidence in nutrition.
Critical care physician Dr. Milton Mills, who has appeared in films like What the Health, said he came to 'call out the racism that is inherent in the US Dietary Guidelines'.
"Then, as I got a look at this committee, I understood why it's such an intractable problem. This committee bears no relationship to the general make-up of the American populace and whoever put it together is obviously practicing the optics of tokenism."
Dr. Mills added that he was not attacking the committee members as individuals, saying he was sure they are all very accomplished and very sincere. "But it is outrageous to have a committee that does not reflect the American population," he said.
Communities of color
Speaking about the guidelines themselves, he said: "I want to talk about the health profiles of communities of color which as we know, are much worse than the general population...It has to do with the guidelines coming out of this committee."
Dr. Mills said he has seen illness caused by the committee's guidelines. "The vast majority of people of color in this country are intolerant to the lactose that's in milk. Yet because they think they have to eat this stuff, they go out, eat it, get sick, and think they have some sort of intestinal problem. When I encourage them to stop eating dairy, their problems clear up.
"It's really outrageous to encourage people to eat foods we know will make them sick, particularly when the number one reason advanced for dairy foods is its calcium content. But African American women are genetically protected against getting osteoporosis. So we're making them sick for no good reason...Get the racism out, get the dairy out, please do your job."