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Jane Black, formerly of The Washington Post‘s food section and currently studying the eating habits of Huntington, W.Va., has a nice piece in New York magazine about how bad pizza is for us. Federal authorities have been sounding the alarm as part of new USDA dietary guidelines.

From Black’s piece:

The humble slice, we learn on pages 25 through 27 of the USDA’s report, is Americans’ No. 2 source of saturated fat and solid fats, largely because pizza is what the dairy industry might call an “effective cheese-delivery system.” Pizza is also the No. 3 source of sodium, beating out cold cuts and even bacon. After “grain-based desserts” like cakes and doughnuts, it’s the second-biggest source of calories for children and adolescents in a generation that has so far distinguished itself only on the scales.

I had a mediocre delivery pizza last night, and I must say, I feel sluggish today. (The muskrat I had Saturday didn’t seem to do too much damage to my digestive tract.)

Perhaps I should give into nanny-statism and learn to say “no” to something I know is bad for me? As Black says: “This isn’t a White House plot to take away your pizza. It’s an effort, and an uphill one at that, to save us from ourselves.”

Do you agree with her?

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