When, Panamá? In a country such as Panama, where the majority of the population is Latinx, native Panamanian or Black, lactose intolerance is HUGE! When will someone address this problem? Schools are still serving cows milk as a health food, to the many obese and at risk for diabetes children.
A little bit about the scientific findings on dairy in the USA.
In the USA, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is expected to release its scientific report on July 15 which will be used by the USDA and HHS to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Last month, a public webcast by the DGAC said high-fat dairy is associated with type 2 diabetes and that Americans should avoid saturated fat to fight heart disease.
But according to PCRM, the DGAC did not specify that the top source of saturated fat in the American diet is dairy products'.
PCRM adds: "The DGAC also failed to indicate that scientific evidence shows that milk and other dairy products increase the risk of asthma, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers, cognitive decline, and early death, and offer little if any protection for bone health."
In other words, people within the dietary guidelines advisory committee are keeping silent about the risks of dairy, knowingly!
"The loss of lactase enzymes after early childhood is the biological norm. Only among whites is lactase persistence common. The National Institutes of Health estimates 95 percent of Asians Americans, 60-80 percent of African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews, 80-100 percent of Native Americans, and 50-80 percent of Hispanics are lactose intolerant."
Let's project these figures on the situation of Panama, where according to statistics dating back to 2010, the population was 65% mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian), 12.3% Native Panamanians, 9.2% black, 6.8% mulattoes, and 6.7% white., and applying the lactose intolerance findings described above on the Panamanian population, a huge part of Panamanians is lactose intolerant!
Are we still going to continue to promote dairy as a health food? or are we going to inform the population of Panama, so they can make an informed decision about whether or not to feed their children dairy?