12,000 Doctors Demand American Heart Association Withdraw Recommendation for Children to Drink Cow’s Milk

The American Heart Association’s promotion of cow’s milk to children is an unhealthy claim funded, in part, by the dairy industry, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says.

Last month, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)—a medical group that counts 12,000 doctor members—issued a demand to American Heart Association (AHA) President Robert Harrington, MD to withdraw the AHA’s recommendation that children consume cow’s milk.

Under its “Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids” initiative, the AHA—in partnership with groups American Academy of Pediatrics and American Nutrition and Dietetics—recently issued new guidelines that promote both human breast milk and cow’s milk to children between the ages of zero and five and actually discourage the consumption of plant-based milk.

“While we support the recommendations for breast milk and water. [However] the guidelines promoting cow’s milk are harmful to children,” Susan Levin, MS, RD, a registered dietitian with PCRM, said.

The AHA regularly receives large annual payments from the National Dairy Council for membership in AHA’s Industry Nutrition Forum.

“It is important to note, too, that these new guidelines on preferred beverages for children that favored milk were funded in part by the dairy industry,” Levin said. PCRM points out that cow’s milk is the top source of saturated fat in children’s diets, does not improve bone health, and is not suitable for more than 10 million children who struggle with dairy allergies.

“Calcium is an essential nutrient but if children get calcium from milk, they miss the beta-carotene, iron, and fiber in vegetables,” Levin said. “Children can get all the calcium they need from non-dairy sources such as beans, tofu, broccoli, kale, collard greens, breads, cereals, and non-dairy, calcium-fortified beverages, without any of the health detriments associated with dairy product consumption.”

Originally published on Veg News

October 7, 2019

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