You've may have seen the food pyramid that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) put together and distributes, suggesting their view of a healthy diet. After decades of encouraging people to eat lots of meat and dairy, the USDA now recommends greatly limiting consumption of both. (The USDA is also charged with helping the meat and dairy industries to profit and flourish -- which is an obvious conflict of interest -- and the consumer's health has always lost out at the USDA, and continues to lose out today.)
The USDA hasn't been very effective in getting their present view of health across to the American people. The average American eats nothing resembling the USDA recommended dietary guidelines. According to the USDA itself, in 1994 the average American ate the following:
That totals over four pounds of food per day per person -- and nearly forty percent of that is milk and dairy -- which makes one very lopsided food pyramid!
The average American, rather than following health guidelines of having little or no milk and dairy products -- has milk and dairy as the BASE of their diet. Milk and dairy are the chief ingredient in the Standard American Diet. It is little wonder, then, that heart disease and cancer run rampant in the U.S.
Milk is an excellent source of growth hormones, fat, cholesterol, allergenic proteins, blood, pus, antibiotics, bacteria, and viruses, and what the dairy industry touts as "the perfect food."
Americans Are Really Eating (unfortunately):
at the same thing in terms of total calories consumed
at calories consumed
(calorie calculations and graphs
courtesy of William Harris, MD)
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