The fanatical activist group, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) called upon the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to follow the United Kingdom’s lead and ban cheese advertisements during children’s television programming. The PCRM points out that cheese is high in fat and cholesterol, and the FTC needs to safeguard children from companies pushing unhealthy foods. The PCRM has previously compared cheese with crack cocaine.
Now, I certainly recognize the alarming and climbing rates of childhood obesity, but I vehemently disagree with this drastic and questionable approach to solving the problem.
What I call nutrition profiling is outrageous. Just counting fat and calories in a food, then deeming it bad is a corruption of science. Let’s look more closely at cheese:
- Cheese is nutrient-rich, high in calcium, protein, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin A and B12
Certain varieties like Cheddar (a clear enemy of the PCRM) and Swiss have been shown to decrease the risk of dental caries
Cheese is a source of dietary calcium and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis
This initiative by the PCRM is concerning and makes me wonder where the lines will be drawn. Dried fruit and honey, both high in calories, are each popular ingredients in children’s food products, yet they’re nutritious and 100% natural…
As I see it, a big factor these groups fail miserably to address is quantity and moderation. It’s one thing to ban foods but another to educate the public, regardless of age, in a productive, realistic and applicable way.
That said, I’ll leave you with a question to ponder: What has happened to personal responsibility? Healthy living advice is EVERYWHERE. At some point, it’s the individual’s responsibility to take notice and, most important, take action.
As always, I’m eager to read your comments.