You Think You’re Putting Parm on Your Pasta, But It Might Actually Just Be Wood Pulp

Coming shortly after the news that the mafia is running a fake olive oil racket in Italy, the FDA is now warning cheese lovers that their Parmesan might be not just fake but made of—wait for it—wood bits.

Source: You Think You’re Putting Parm on Your Pasta, But It Might Actually Just Be Wood Pulp

The only way you get that additive is if you buy it in the aisle where the pasta and sauce usually are. Cheese spoils easily, so when in doubt go to the refrigerated section and buy a chunk there. If you grate it yourself (and sing while you grate it, something my Mom used to make me do so I wouldn’t eat the cheese) in a microplane, a little bit goes a long way.

E-cigs Shut Down Lots of Immune System Genes—Regular Cigs Don’t

It’s widely assumed that swapping cigarette puffing for vapor huffing is better for health—after all, electronic cigarettes that heat up and atomize a liquid concoction can skip all the hazards of combustion and smoke. But researchers are still scrambling to understand the health effects of e-cig use (aka vaping) and to track down the variable and undisclosed components of those vaporized mixtures. The most recent data hints at unexpected health effects unique to e-cig use.

Source: E-cigs shut down hundreds of immune system genes—regular cigs don’t

It seems the flavoring and other additives are the biggest issue. Most non-tobacco vape substances I’ve seen have been pure extracts without any additives. Now its possible things left over from the extraction process might be an issue but there’s not much research on that yet probably due to the legalities of it.  Cinnamaldehyde has very strong irritant properties (it directly activates one of the main sensors of nasty chemicals)…

If it suppresses the immune system, I wonder if vaping would actually be beneficial for those with autoimmune diseases? We automatically think of a weak immune system as “bad”, but some people’s immune system is so strong that it’s hurting/killing them.

This 500-Year-Old Additive Makes Your Cheddar Turn Pink

If you’re the type with enough self-restraint to allow cheese to stay in the fridge for a while, you might be alarmed by the fact that it’s turned pink. Not to worry. It’s probably due to a harmless, and ancient, additive.

Source: This 500-Year-Old Additive Makes Your Cheddar Turn Pink

Maybe if they used much fresher annatto, some that’s newer than 500 years old, the cheese would not turn pink so fast. When I cook, I like to use the freshest ingredients I can find. 😉

The reason for the additive is not unlike what the industry is doing to farmed salmon, to dye the meat pink.

 

The Government Uses Toxic Chemicals To Stop You Drinking Hand Sanitizer

During Prohibition, the US Government put toxic chemicals into any products that contained alcohol, just to make sure nobody would drink them. Now, Prohibition is long over… but the policy of adding poison to alcoholic products has never ended. Here are the deadly additives that are only there to keep you drinking stuff.

Source: The Government Uses Toxic Chemicals To Stop You Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Most hospitals switched hand sanitizers for that exact reason. Homeless alcoholics were coming in to steal the packs out of the dispensers. The hospitals had to get the poison ones because they were hemorrhaging so much money on the drinkable stuff.  You’d think they’d be worried someone will get poisoned to death?