“An independent laboratory hired by Bloomberg learned that a number of grated parmesan cheeses marketed as containing 100 percent “real” cheese, are in fact laced with exceedingly high levels of cellulose, “a common anti-clumping agent made from wood pulp.” [Blogger comment: Translation: THEY PUT WOOD IN THE CHEESE.]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels cellulose as a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) ingredient, however, restricts it use, requiring that products not exceed between two and four percent. Well, it turns out that cheese producers are using a lot more than that.
“Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, from Jewel-Osco, was 8.8 percent cellulose, while Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese registered 7.8 percent, according to test results. Whole Foods 365 brand didn’t list cellulose as an ingredient on the label, but still tested at 0.3 percent. Kraft had 3.8 percent.”…
Cellulose may not be that safe, either. Healthy food activist Food Babe explains that cellulose is actually indigestible by humans and has no caloric value. “The food industry tricks consumers who eat foods with a high cellulose content to feel full physically and psychologically without having consumed many calories.”
It’s not healthy? You don’t say? You mean to tell me its not healthy to eat WOOD instead of cheese? My mind is blown [/end scarasm]