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July 2001 Issue

Say "Cheese" a Little Less Often

Americans love cheese—piled on crackers, shredded on salads, melted on top of soups, oozing out of sandwiches and burgers, dripping off pizza and baked into casseroles—and this love affair has only intensified in recent years. Cheese consumption has nearly tripled in the past 30 years. The average American today eats almost 30 pounds of cheese a year, up from 11 pounds in 1970, 20 pounds in 1985 and 26 pounds in 1996. Why is this a problem? Cheese may

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