Dr. Walter C. Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health and a former member of the federal government’s nutrition advisory committee, said: “The U.S.D.A. should not be involved in these programs that are promoting foods that we are consuming too much of already."
Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which challenged a federal agency's claim that eating dairy products can help dieters lose weight, says: "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."
The government has had warnings about saturated fat, and Americans have been moving toward low-fat milk for decades. Yet the government, through Dairy Management, a marketing creation of the United States Department of Agriculture, the same agency at the center of a federal anti-obesity drive that discourages over-consumption of some of the very foods, Dairy Management is vigorously promoting is engaged in an effort to find ways to get dairy back into Americans’ diets, primarily through cheese.
One slice of this new cheese-laden Dominos pizza contains as much as two-thirds of a day’s maximum recommended amount of saturated fat, which has been linked to heart disease and is high in calories.