Important news for lacto-vegetarians
- [The following edited paragraphs come from a longer AP article in today's SF Chronicle.]
"CHEESE GROWING IN POPULARITY IN U.S.
"New census book full of other facts
"Washington -- Americans are on the road more than ever. * * *
"On those road trips, they might snack on cheese. Americans consume about 31 pounds of it a year. Lost of people -- almost 29 million -- try to burn off those calories by joining health clubs.
"Those and myriad other facts and figures can be found in the latest edition of the Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States, a 1,000-page tome on life in America.
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"Americans are nuts about cheese. The 31 pounds eaten per person in 2002 was up 75 percent from 1980. Mozzarella is hot -- the average person eats nearly 10 pounds per year, triple the amount two decades ago. But the 'big cheese' on the block remains good old American -- we eat about 13 pounds of it a year.
"Some folks lay off cheese as part of their diet. In 2002, 58 percent of people age 18 and older were above a healthy weight, and 23 percent were considered obese."
[Unfortunately, the article does not mention that the saturated animal fat in cheese leads to cardiovascular and other serious health complications.]
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