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 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 in “Eat 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.
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.
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…
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