Watchdogs Who Bite

Nutrition activists attack everything from milk to fettuccine Alfredo. Who are these food police?

You might not think that pouring your kids a glass of milk is a political act. Yet milk was on the agenda last week when the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine--an activist organization concerned about high levels of lactose intolerance among African Americans and other minority groups--sought an injunction to block the release of the U.S. government's new dietary guidelines until they can be rewritten to include alternative sources of calcium, such as collard greens and kale. Not only is the federal menu--the so-called food pyramid--bad medicine, the group argued, but it is racist as well.

The injunction was denied, but...

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