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The big cheese

Dairy: C-


Pizza, burgers, burritos, nachos, quesadillas. There's cheese in our salads, our sandwiches, our soups and our pizza crust. Since 1970, we've gone from 8 pounds per person per year to 23 pounds. That's bad news for our arteries and waistlines. On the bright side, full-fat ice cream is dipping, and (mostly low-fat) yogurt is booming.

From the Center for Science in the Public Interest's ( Changing American Diet Report Card. The highest grade is a B+ for fats and oils (we're replacing transfats and saturated fats). The lowest grade is a D+ for sweeteners (we consume a lot of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup).

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