Say cheese

Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Blog, Living today | 0 comments

Dwilliams851/Cheese England_2011/Flickr

Dwilliams851/Cheese England_2011/Flickr

The bible is a very good yarn, but try as I might, I can’t get my head around the story of Adam and Eve. It’s that pesky apple that causes problems. Who is likely to be tempted by a Cox, a Braeburn or a Gala, for goodness sake? But a piece of cheese: now you’re talking.

Cheese is, however, a divisive food. There are those who point to the fact that, if you put any in a compost bin, everything else will disintegrate around it but after two years – when you fork it out – you’ll discover the cheese intact in the middle. A fellow band member, a vegetarian, said “why should I put solidified fat into my bloodstream? I don’t want a heart attack!”

Is this likely to put a true turophile or cheese lover off? Perish the thought. And why should it, because according to a survey by dating website Skout last year, cheese lovers have a better sex life than those who don’t, while fans of toasted cheese sarnies are also likely to be more charitable – and more frequent travellers – than those who eschew them.

So why should us bon viveurs change our ways? Well, trouble is, the medical profession is out to thwart consumption. If your blood count reveals raised levels of cholesterol, cheese is one of the first foods to be restricted.

And though memories of a cheese restaurant near the Eiffel Tower from some 50 years ago linger, both the vision of tray after tray of delicacies and the accompanying aromas, the reality is that I probably couldn’t do it justice any more.

Cheese faves of yesteryear are falling off the list of consumables at an alarming rate. First soft goat’s cheese, now camembert are to be avoided for fear of alarming reactions. My kicks are having to come from the smell rather than the taste.

Last week there was another nail in the coffin: a visit to the local farmers’ market revealed that our cheese stall had gone into liquidation (not physically, it is to be hoped). Probably just in time, said the GP.

What is the truth about cheese’s benefits and drawbacks? Well, a visit to Encyclopaedia Britannica‘s quiz, Cheese: fact or fiction, might answer a few questions. And if not, here are a few other tasty morsels you might not have encountered. Thank you to the CheeseRank website for broadening my knowledge!

  •  The World’s Stinkiest Cheese is From Northern France  Vieux-Boulogne is an unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese, and thanks to some ‘Electronic nose sensors’,  it claims the smelly throne.
  • Wisconsin Uses Cheese to De-Ice Roads They have so much cheese whey in Wisconsin they don’t know what to do with it! They recently tested a combination of cheese waste with rock salt to prevent roads from freezing.
  • Cheese Can Help You Sleep (And Have Better Dreams!) Contrary to an old wive’s tale, studies have shown that eating cheese before bed can help you sleep.
  • Smelly Cheese and Your Smelly Feet Have Something in Common  It’s a bacteria called Brevibacterium linens and it’s responsible for the similar smells.
  • The Rarest Cheese Comes from Moose It is believed that there are only 3 lactating moose in the world whose milk can produce cheese, and they all reside in Bjursholm, Sweden at a dairy farm known as The Elk House.
  • Cheese Can Improve Your Mood The tyrosine in certain cheeses can trigger mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine.

But it might say something about me that I bought apples and pears from the market this week – and not cheese.

 

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