November 06, 2010
But when thou governest, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth
Posted by Gordon Smith

The NYT has a gotcha story about the Department of Agriculture, which is discouraging the consumption of saturated fat while encouraging "restaurants to expand their menus with cheese-laden products." Products like the new Wisconsin 6 Pizza from Dominos:

Wisconsin pizza

Responding to the NYT, the USDA "acknowledged that cheese is high in saturated fat, but said that lower milk consumption had made cheese an important source of calcium." The entire pizza shown above (assuming it is a medium, 12-inch) has about 300 mg of calcium, which is roughly 30% of an "adequate" for an average adult, according to NIH. If you ate the whole thing, you would be consuming about 1500 calories.

By the way, the six cheeses on that pizza are mozzarella, feta, provolone, cheddar, parmesan and asiago cheeses. I can't remember the last time I had a Domino's pizza -- not since they changed the recipe last year -- but I don't find this tempting at all. For starters, not all of the cheeses come from Wisconsin. Humph! More to the health point, I just don't eat much pizza anymore. When I want cheese, I mostly stick to specialty cheeses, which offer a lot more taste in much smaller quantities.

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