And what may be missing from the latest health recommendations?
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Where’s the Meat? Are we about to see a push for less meat? A panel that advises the Agriculture Department on health recommendations may be looking to construct dietary guidelines based not only on the food that’s good for us, but food that’s good for the environment. The panel has been discussing sustainability and a recent draft of health recommendations said that a dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is "more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average U.S. diet." The suggestion of these new guidelines is no doubt upsetting beef and agriculture industries who say environmental agendas should not be a part of healthy lifestyle recommendations.
Milk, How Much is too Much? According to a new U.S. study, preschoolers who drink three or more cups of milk a day may get a small height boost, but they’re also more likely to be overweight or obese. The study, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, looked at close to 9000 kids born in 2001, researchers examined milk-consumption patterns during their first four years, and then followed up with 7,000 of those kids at the age of five. Researchers found that four-year-olds who drank more than the recommended two servings of milk per day were 16 percent more likely to be overweight than those who drank less.