Americans seem to have fickle eating habits. This year has shown a healthy decline in beef and sugar consumption, but an increase in yogurt purchases. And that's not the only place that dairy is on the rise. According to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Americans are eating a lot more cheese.
As it turns out in comparison with its consumption in the 1970s, people are eating three times as much cheese. In 1970 the average American ate about eight pounds of cheese per year. Now the average individual eats 23 pounds of cheese per year!
"The USDA has become a partner with the dairy industry and the beef industry in promoting increased consumption of cheese and red meat at a time when its own nutritionists are encouraging people to cut back because both are heavily laden with saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease. This largely explains why cheese consumption has tripled in this country since the 70s to as much as 33 pounds per person per year."
Furthermore, cheese has become more than just a tasty treat, it has transformed into an addition to nearly every meal according to the report. So many dishes are now topped with cheese. It flavors chips, crackers and ever the inside of pizza crusts/
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These cheesy facts might surprise you
So, you think you know all there is to know about cheese? Don't get us wrong, we did too at first, but then we came across these interesting facts and had to share. From one cheese connoisseur to the next, enjoy!
Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes?
You mean, they're actually there for a reason? Turns out, they are! The holes are caused by the expansion of gas within the cheese curd during the ripening period. Cheesemakers can actually change the size of the holes by altering the acidity and temperature of the bacteria they use when making the cheese.
What's the Most Popular Cheese in the World?
If you guessed cheddar, you're right!
Where Did the Expression "Big Cheese" Come From?
It's been said that the expression originally came from those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese, hence, they were dubbed, "The Big Cheese."
Limburger, AKA, Stinky Cheese
Did you know that the Chalet Cheese Co-op in Monroe, Wisconsin, is the only cheese factory in the country that still produces Limburger cheese? Furthermore, did you know that the bacteria brevibacterium linens is the culprit for what makes the cheese smell so funky? This bacteria is also partially responsible for what causes body odor in humans.
Who Are the Top Cheese Producers in the US?
The top cheese producers in the U.S. are Wisconsin (more than 2.4 billion pounds annually), California (2.1 billion pounds), Idaho (770.6 million pounds), New York (666.8 million pounds), and Minnesota (629.3 million pounds). These states account for 72 percent of the country's cheese production!
Can Cheese Promote Sweet Dreams?
Turns out, according to a British study in 2005, cheese affects sleep in a positive way. Cheese contains tryptophan, an amino acid that's been reported to reduce stress and induce sleep. What's more? The specific types of cheese consumed prior to sleep may impact your dreams, making them more vivid and colorful.
Is There Such Thing As Healthy Cheese?
While we'd love to tell you that there is some miraculous, amazing, creamy cheese you can munch on without gaining a single pound, that may be a stretch. However, there are a few cheeses that aren't as prone to stack on the calories and fat. Try ricotta, gouda, feta and sharp cheddar (opposed to mild cheddar).
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