Government cheese

A sad story in the New York Times about how your tax dollars have promoted increased use of cheese.  Some quotes:

… one [Domino’s pizza] slice contains as much as two-thirds of a day’s maximum recommended amount of saturated fat, which has been linked to heart disease and is high in calories….  Agriculture Department data show that cheese is a major reason the average American diet contains too much saturated fat.

… the industry was moving toward larger, more sophisticated operations that increased productivity through artificial insemination, hormones and lighting that kept cows more active.

Americans now eat an average of 33 pounds of cheese a year, nearly triple the 1970 rate. Cheese has become the largest source of saturated fat; an ounce of many cheeses contains as much saturated fat as a glass of whole milk.

I no longer eat cheese.  Abandoning cheese (which I love!) has probably been the single biggest factor in my weight loss.

Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times A government-created industry group worked with Domino’s Pizza to bolster sales by increasing the cheese on pies.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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