|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
United States of Butterballurnia Imagine taking five sticks of butter and molding them into a softball-sized sphere of greasy animal fat. If you are the average dairy eater living in America in 2003, you will be taking into your body this additional saturated mass weighing 1.7 pounds, which is that much more than what the average individual of 1969 ingested during each twelve-month period. Butterball (Latin): That which coagulates in the female butt or thigh. (Male equivalent goes directly to the stomach.) Butterballurnia: That nation which is experiencing an unprecedented obesity epidemic. (See: Journal of the American Medical Association 2003;289:187-193, 229-230; Annals of Internal Medicine 2003;138;24-32.) While the consumption of whole milk decreases, Americans continue to eat increased amounts of concentrated dairy products containing enormous amounts of saturated animal fat. During 1969, the average American drank 229 pounds of whole milk. By 1999, the average American was drinking just 69 pounds of whole milk per year. Whole milk contains 2.079 grams of saturated animal fat per 100 gram portion. So, we drink much less milk. What is the problem, then? We've replaced liquid milk consumption with enormous amounts of concentrated dairy products. That's what. In addition to ingesting increased amounts of hormones, we grow more obese with each portion of cheese. In 1969, the average American ate ten pounds of cheese. By 1999, the average American was eating thirty pounds of cheese per year. (Ten pounds of milk are required to make one pound of hard cheese.) Wisconsin's cheddar cheese contains 21.09 grams of saturated animal fat per 100 gram portion. In 1969, the average American slurped 18 pounds of ice cream. In 1999, the average American ate 30 pounds of ice cream. (Twelve pounds of milk are required to make one pound of ice cream.) Vanilla ice cream contains 6.79 grams of saturated animal fat per 100 gram portion. Total Saturated Fat Content Consumption Per American From Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream: 1969 = 8.1 pounds 1999 = 9.8 pounds CONCLUSION A 1.7 pound glob of saturated fat multiplied by ten years of a child's life is equal to 17 pounds. By the time a child of the 21st century turns 30, he or she will have eaten 51 pounds more saturated fat than a child of the 60s. Got liposuction? Got obesity epidemics? Got heart disease and strokes?
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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