USDA Says Cut Saturated Fat – But Works With Program to Push Cheese

Spread the love

cheeseScientists working for Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), an organization with U.S. Department of Agriculture oversight, have partnered with Taco Bell to introduce a Grilled Cheese Burrito to get Americans to eat more artery-clogging cheese.

That’s a problem. It’s at odds with the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend limiting saturated fat, noting that “the main sources of saturated fats in the U.S. diet include mixed dishes containing cheese…”

The Grilled Cheese Burrito is loaded with artery-clogging mozzarella, cheddar, and pepper jack cheeses, in addition to sour cream. Then a layer of cheese is grilled around the tortilla. That’s 19% of calories from saturated fat. The Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats, while the American Heart Association recommends no more than 5 to 6% of calories from saturated fat. (Cheese-free, plant-based options lower in saturated fat are available at Taco Bell.)

DMI, which formed a partnership with Taco Bell in 2012, is funded by the USDA-managed dairy “checkoff” program, which collects money from milk producers to promote and boost dairy sales. DMI spends millions of dollars a year working with fast-food restaurants including McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s to develop cheesy, high-fat products.

While DMI now puts out news releases about its fast-food partnerships, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine first exposed DMI’s activities in 2001 through documents acquired from the Freedom of Information Act.

The USDA was created to support the nation’s agricultural interests. It was later asked to create the Dietary Guidelines. The two tasks do not coexist well. How can the USDA inform the public of the dangers of dairy while also trying to get the public to buy more of it? It’s time for the USDA to follow its own Dietary Guidelines and protect the health of Americans by putting an end to pushing to cheese.

Photo from here, with thanks.

Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
    read more..
  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
    read more..
  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
    read more..
  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
    read more..
  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
    read more..
  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
    read more..
  • Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
    read more..
  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
    read more..
  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
    read more..
July 2020
S M T W T F S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031