I wasn't completely stunned when I read this article on the Cooking Light website. After all, there is no comparison between the taste of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and the tasteless stuff you buy pre-grated or pre-shredded at the supermarket. The other stuff simply doesn't t cut it and is a big old “why bother?” Now I know why! It's largely made from cellulose. That's wood! Can you believe you have been treating yourself to a yummy serving of wood every time you shake some “parm” over your pasta?
In a new age where people are more concerned than ever about what they put in their bodies, I find this deception astounding. It's another good reason not to trust processed foods. Although convenience demands that we use some processed foods in our lives, we can strive to use real foods when possible. Although the price of a good block of real Parmesan cheese seems high, when you consider that it lasts quite a long time if kept cool and dry in the refrigerator, it's a bargain compared to those canisters of cheese mixed with wood shavings. Buy the real thing because it's the only way you can be sure you ARE getting the real thing!
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