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  • Meteoric rise in cheese consumption may a major contributor to obesity says Dr. Neal Barnard

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    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:25 pm Email this article
    “If you want to look at why people are fat today, it’s pretty hard to identify a contributor more significant than this meteoric rise in cheese consumption,” Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an advocacy group, said in an interview as quoted in an article in the New York Times about how dairy was promoted for weight loss, but the claims appear to be not true. 2002 Campaign Increased Cheese Consumption by 102 million pounds

    ‘Summer of Cheese’ promotion in 2002 by Dairy Management increased cheese consumption by 102 million pounds

    The ‘Summer of Cheese’ promotion Dairy Management developed with Pizza Hut in 2002 generated the use of 102 million additional pounds of cheese, the Agriculture Department reported to Congress according to the article.


    In 2007, Cheese Consumption Increased by 30 million pounds

    Cheese consumption increased by 30 million pounds in 2007 due to new products with more cheese at Pizza Hut and Burger King

    “In 2007, the [Agriculture Department] highlighted Pizza Hut’s Cheesy Bites pizza, Wendy’s “dual Double Melt sandwich concept,” and Burger King’s Cheesy Angus Bacon cheeseburger and TenderCrisp chicken sandwich,” according to the article.

    “‘Both featured two slices of American cheese, a slice of pepper jack and a cheesy sauce,’ the department said.”

    “These efforts, the department reported, helped generate a ‘cheese sales growth of nearly 30 million pounds’,” the article notes.


    Moss M. While warning about fat, u.s. Pushes cheese sales. New York Times. 2010 Nov 6, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07fat.html?_r=2&src=ISMR_HP_LO_MST_FB

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