According to NPR, the average American literally ate a ton of food last year, with most of the food consisting of cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains. The data, provided by the USDA, indicated that we each consume about 630 pounds of dairy per year and 185 pounds of meat and poultry. Americans consumed 273 pounds of fruit and 415 pounds of vegetables, but the majority of vegetables were starch-heavy corn and potatoes.
All that is topped off with 141 pounds of sweetener, including 42 pounds of corn syrup, and 85 pounds of fats. The USDA estimates the average American eats nearly 2,700 calories per day, which is significantly higher than the 2,000 recommended for an average person.
New research released by Danish scientists, and sponsored by the Danish dairy industry, has found that cheese and butter affect LDL (bad) cholesterol levels differently. The study tested 50 people over several months, with some consuming butter and others cheese.
The research indicated that butter eaters experienced a 7 percent increase in their LDL cholesterol levels, while cheese eaters experienced no LDL change. Scientists say this may be due to the higher calcium in cheese, but more research needs to be done.
Sarah Kaufmann, also known as “the Cheese Lady,” makes her living sculpting cheese. This has been her full-time job for the last three years, and she has carved cheese creations for weddings, Super Bowl parties, corporate groups and dairy associations. Her masterpieces include a life-size Santa Claus, as well as a 6 foot-long model of the USS Ronald Reagan.
A report by the UK’s Center for Retail Research found that cheese is the most stolen food in the world. It turns out that about 4 percent of cheese goes missing from stores. The researchers say the cheese disappears most frequently because of thieves looking to cash in on the rising price of cheese. Other foods often stolen are fresh meat, chocolate, alcohol, seafood and baby formula.
One of Saturday Night Live‘s most popular sketches is being immortalized in its own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. The ice cream maker launched its new flavor, Schweddy Balls, in honor of the sketch starring Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin. The flavor will be available nationwide and features vanilla ice cream flavored with rum and a mix of fudge covered rum balls and chocolate malt balls.