How to Eat a Dairy-Free Diet
Posted November 25, 2018 07:00:13Dairy-free dairy products and cheese are no longer considered health food by the FDA, and it’s no longer recommended that people consume them.
But that’s not stopping some people from experimenting with vegan options.
The Food and Drug Administration is now recommending that people try to eliminate dairy and dairy products from their diet as part of their vegan diet, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The move comes as dairy consumption continues to decline.
The FDA’s decision comes after an FDA survey of 1,000 Americans found that a majority of respondents are using vegan options and the FDA has warned about the potential health risks of consuming dairy products.
But some consumers are using the new guidelines as a stepping stone for getting started.
“I’m using this as a starting point to explore vegan options, and I don’t think it’s just about avoiding dairy,” said Stephanie Hannon, a registered dietitian at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery.
Hannon has been using a vegan diet for more than 20 years.
She told the Journal that it’s “really about finding something to do with your body, not just the stuff that’s been put in your mouth.”
She said that even though she has been eating a dairy-free diet for a while, she’s still feeling sick and feeling sicker, but it’s nothing that’s going to stop her from making it a goal to keep eating vegan.
Hanna said that she’s been using dairy-based products and other dairy products for years, and she hasn’t had any problems with them.
“It’s not something that is going to cause you to die, so I’m not worried about that,” she said.
The decision comes as veganism is gaining ground.
A recent survey by The Vegan Society found that 56 percent of Americans surveyed said they are “very” or “somewhat” vegan.
The majority of those who said they would be vegan said they were looking for healthier options, according to the organization.
The USDA’s announcement comes as the Trump administration announced plans to expand the Department of Agriculture’s vegan programs.
The USDA plans to add more food and nutrition education programs and increase the number of plant-based farms in the U.S.