If you buy shredded Parmesan cheese at the grocery store, it may be time to find an alternative. No sooner have we been trying to digest the news of rampant lobster fraud in restaurants around the country that word has emerged of an even worse deception in the cultured world of cheese.
According to Bloomberg, the FDA has not only found certain brands of shredded Parmesan cheese to contain no actual Parmesan, some are largely made of fillers that aren't even in the cheese family. Like cellulose, more commonly known as wood pulp. While a cheese technologist told the publication that cellulose is a common additive and is considered safe if it's 2-4% of the product, brands that are carried at large chains like Wal-Mart and Jewel-Osco were found to have as much as 8.8% cellulose.
That's a lot of potentially unwanted splinters in your mouth. Buying blocks of Parmesan to grate yourself will not only give you relative peace of mind on what you're putting on your pizza, it simply tastes so much better than the pre-shredded stuff. And now we know why.
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