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You know that powdery ground Parmesan cheese that you sprinkle on pizza and pasta, and how it oddly resembles the texture of sanded wood?
Turns out, the resemblance is more than a coincidence. After acting on a helpful tip, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited Castle Cheese Inc. and discovered that the company was adding unprecedented amounts of fillers to their shakable cheese products. Not only were they using cheaper cheddar cheeses (as opposed to the pure Romano that their labels advertised) they were also incorporating wood pulp–which can be used for anti-clumping of the cheese–but in inappropriately large quantities.
In fact, less than 40 percent of the product was found to be actual cheese.
This isn’t the first time its been revealed that the products we buy in grocery stores aren’t necessarily what their labels claim they are. Honey and Olive Oil, are two food products which studies proved are often marketed as 100 percent pure, but are actually augmented with all sorts of strange stuff to cut costs.
Unfortunately, large food producers are in the business of making money, and the lengths that they go to make sure they do may very well jeopardize our health (and our tastebuds)! That’s why, even though it’s pricier, I tend to opt for purchasing whole foods and local products; so that I know exactly what is going into my body.