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Yay, Cheese!

Apparently it is National Moldy Cheese Day (who knew?!).  While this seems a little strange, we’ll take any reason that we can to celebrate cheese (and by association milk and the dairy farmers who produce it).

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Dairy farmers work incredibly hard 365 days a year to take care of their cows and produce safe, high quality milk that is used for so many things…
  • Milk to drink
    • This includes chocolate (which does not come from brown cows…instead we get chocolate milk from adding chocolate flavoring to “regular” milk), and strawberry (same thing – strawberry milk does not come from a specific cow, but rather from adding strawberry flavoring to milk)
  • Yogurt
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage Cheese
  • And yes, cheese!
 
These dairy farmers spend many hours a day with their cattle – milking them, feeding them, checking them to make sure that they are healthy, and caring for those that are not.  The health of the cattle is a top priority for dairy farmers, and so it making sure that they produce a safe, healthy, quality product for us to drink/eat.  As a result, we get to enjoy some delicious foods that also provide many essential nutrients. 
 
To celebrate National Moldy Cheese Day…here are some fun facts about cheese.  Enjoy!!

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  1. The most popular cheese recipe in the United States is “macaroni and cheese.”
  2. There are around 2,000 varieties of cheese (you can visit cheese.com for a list of many types).
  3. Cheese takes up about 1/10 the volume of the milk it was made from.
  4. Archaeological studies have found that the origin of cheese dates back as far as 6000 B.C., though there is no exact information regarding this.
  5. Cheese is stored for a period of time before it’s ready to eat (aged).Some varieties such as blue cheese, Gorgonzola and brie are exposed to mold to help them age properly (yay moldy cheese!)
  6. Mozzarella is the world’s most commonlyconsumed, due in part to pizza, and Pizza Hut is the largest restaurant chain user of cheese.
  7. Cheese is good for bones and teeth because it is high in calcium, and some varieties can also help prevent tooth decay by stimulating saliva production which helps to remove sugar and acid from your mouth.
  8. A British study showed that cheese contains high levels of tryptophan which can help you fall asleep (night time snack anyone?).
  9. Some cheese are safe for lactose intolerant people to eat – generally those that have been aged longer as they contain less sugar (and lactose is a type of sugar).
  10. Mice don’t actually like cheese (yes, they actually did a study on this)…so saveyour cheese for yourself and bait your mouse traps with foods that are high in sugar (like peanut butter) or grains and fruits.


Sources:
https://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/cheese/cheese-facts
https://positivemed.com/2013/09/18/15-fun-interesting-facts-cheese/
https://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/10-crazy-facts-about-cheese-slideshow

 
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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