Smile and say….Kale? (or any leafy green, just not cheese)

Did you eat your cereal this morning with whole milk?  When you ordered your coffee at the drive thru did you say use heavy cream or whole milk?  Did you buy the whole milk fat yogurt at the grocery store?

Chances are, even if you are still drinking cow’s milk (which I highly recommend you don’t ) you are drinking skim, or 1%, maybe 2%, but most people have switched from whole milk.  Why?  Well, it’s because you don’t want all that fat in your diet right?

But, did you know that the single largest source of saturated fat in the American diet is Cheese!  And, what do they make that cheese out of?  The fat that the milk producers don’t want to waste after they remove it from your milk.  That’s right, the fat that you are giving up is coming right back at you in another form.

In the 70’s and 80’s when people started to become health conscious, the dairy farmers, with help from the government and science, figured out a way to create cheese in less than a day.  Most of the cheese that people eat today is not the type that is fermented for weeks, but rather the “waste” fat from milk quickly turned into a “cheese like product”. It is also made from the milk that comes from cows fed growth hormones and antibiotics. Have you ever checked to see if your cheese is the European/grass-fed/aged type?

Americans consume on average 33 pounds of cheese per person, per year.   That is up from 11 pounds per year in 1970.  Americans spread it, slice it, dip it, cover it, sprinkle it, and consume it in many ways and in many products without even thinking about it.

So, while you may not chug that glass of whole milk anymore, you are still eating that milk fat just in another form…..think about it, and next time pass on the cheese fondue and eat a leafy green salad instead. You will still be getting your calcium and protein.

leafygreens

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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