Last week’s pop quiz (which food has the most fiber) was sort of a trick question. But at least you’re really on your toes, now, right?
This week’s quiz isn’t a trick, however. The question does have one right answer. It’s an important topic since saturated fat stiffens the artery walls, makes our blood viscous (thick), leads to high blood pressure and heart disease, impairs brain function, and contributes to type 2 diabetes and many other diseases.
Question: What food is the highest source of saturated fat in the American Diet?
g) Glazed donuts
So many choices on this one…..
Let’s see, it probably isn’t the beans……
Could it be the donuts? Maybe not?
Answer: Cheese. Cheese is an extremely fatty product and is the number one source of saturated fat in the American diet. About 70% of its calories come from fat, most of which is saturated fat, or “bad” fat. Americans eat more than 34 pounds of cheese per person per year – three times more than they did in 1970.
That’s not to say the steak, fish, chicken, and glazed donuts don’t contain a great deal of saturated fat. They do. But cheese is the highest source.
Fortunately, there are MANY delicious plant-based recipes for cheese, cheese sauce, nacho cheese, parmesan cheese, holiday cheese balls, and much more. Check out www.eatplant-based.com or www.thevegan8.com for some yummy recipes.
Next week’s Pop Quiz will be the final one of the series! Unless you want to keep going 🙂