Cheese; not a health food…4th in a series of 6

Continuing with our list of the six n0t-so-healthy foods in our book, this blog is devoted to the most ubiquitous food of our generation — CHEESE. As you probably know, most s0-called vegetarians even eat cheese as they, like almost everyone else, truly believe that it is a healthy product with lots of calcium and protein. Plus, no animal has to die for you to eat your cheese. So what’s the problem? Here’s what we had to say in Chapter 10 of our book:

Cheese, one of America’s all-time favorite foods

Cheese is the most universally accepted animal product by persons who consider themselves vegetarian.  But cheese is not a vegetable and shares many more characteristics with meat than it does with spinach.

As reported by Dr. Fuhrman inEat to Live,” its consumption per capita in the USA increased 140 percent between 1970 and 1996 to become the primary source of saturated fat in our diet.   It is touted as being a healthy product and a good source of protein and calcium.

Sadly it has also become an integral part of every kids menu. Cheese is not good for you and it’s not good for your children—too much fat, too much cholesterol and too much animal protein.

“Cheese for the Children” — the pathway to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The saddest part of our obsession with this deadly product is that it is prominently featured on every single “kids menu” in the Western world. Cheeseburger, Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, Fried Cheese, Cheese & Crackers, Cheese Pizza, Chuck E. Cheese and on and on. (More on feeding the children)

As with cigarettes and alcohol, someday it will be illegal to sell harmful products like cheese to our children. But for now, cheese (along with nuggets, fries & burgers) constitute the “four major food groups” on every kids menu in America. Is there any wonder why we have such an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes among our nation’s young people? It would not surprise me if the single biggest driver of those two deadly trends can be explained in one word — CHEESE.

Cheese is not recommended in our 4-Leaf Program

Do yourself and your family a favor; get the cheese out of your house and never buy it again. Learn to like healthy plant-based foods like hummus, vegetable pate’, couscous, tapenade, salsa, and many other tasty food items that can be a routine part of your4-Leaf meals of the future. Next post in the series…

Yogurt; not a health food…5th in a series of 6

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to Cheese; not a health food…4th in a series of 6

  1. Ruth Marzulli says:

    I found your article by google re cheese and its health aspects. Being in the holistic/natural
    field of food consulting for many years, I am quite knowledgeable about the ‘cheese’ factor.
    However, having just spent a few weeks vacation time with my grandchildren, I was horrified to
    see that they are consuming cheese just about every day – in every form. How do I go about this
    without the normal defense mechanism that I know I will get in return? Can u recommend any
    books on the subject that I can pass onto them or whatever suggestions u may have. The 4 and 2 year old are very picky eaters and this is just an easy way to put food in their mouths. HELP!
    Ruth Marzulli, Manhattan

    • jmorrishicks says:


      For parents of young children, I often recommend Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Disease Proof Your Child. After giving it to my son, he cleaned out his kitchen and never fed the unhealthy stuff to his children again. Of course, he had been exposed to lots of other books before that, but the one about his kids really connected with him. Hope this helps. Best regards, Jim

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