A Cheese To Die For

I begin my weekend thinking about my now defunct food blog, Food Nazi….I really enjoyed writing about food and recipes but IST became more than a passing fancy and I had to abandon Food Nazi….I still from time to time write about food but I post it here on IST…..

Cheese!  One of the great gifts to humanity.  All cheese has its fine points and with a good glass of wine and a couple of nuts cannot be beat as a snack.

When I was young I spent my teen years living in Europe and enjoyed some fine cheese and butter….most of which in those days was made from raw milk…..I survived without having to eat milk product that had been boiled beyond taste…the flavor was superior to anything I had had up to that point in my life.

I bring this up because of something that I read in the news…..it seems that a couple of people have died here in the US by eating raw milk cheese….

Officials say it was probably caused by a soft raw milk cheese called Ouleout from Vulto Creamery in New York state. The cheese was stocked by a Whole Foods shop in Fairfield, Connecticut, and may also have been available in specialised cheese shops. The creamery recalled several soft cheeses on Tuesday. Six cases of listeria have been recorded in Connecticut and Vermont, where the deaths occurred, as well as New York and Florida.

Source: Raw milk cheese linked to two deaths in US | Loop Samoa

2 people out of how many?  Sorry I have eaten it and I still live….I will accept the consequences…..

One more food related post before I slide off until tomorrow…..

Gluten Free—everywhere I look in a supermarket I see gluten free this and that….I understand that some people might have an allergy to gluten and by all means avoid anything that would cause discomfort…but what about all these others?

Maybe some should re-think this boycott of gluten…

Unless you suffer from Celiac disease, you might want to forego the gluten-free products—a new study suggests they may bring a greater risk of type 2 diabetes. Harvard researchers presented their findings at an American Heart Association forum, reports UPI. After studying data from a long-term observational study of 4.24 million people, they found that most participants consumed less than 12 grams of gluten daily. Those who ate low amounts of gluten within that range were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than at the upper end of the range, say the researchers in a press release. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley, and though a small percentage of people cannot tolerate it, gluten-free diets have become popular with a wider range of people.

“Gluten-free foods often have less dietary fiber and other micronutrients, making them less nutritious and they also tend to cost more,” says one of the researchers. “People without Celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes.” The study finds correlation, not causation, but there are already a few theories floating around. One is that the gluten-free versions of foods that are typically made with gluten (cereals, cakes, crackers) often have lots of sugar, and thus attempting to go gluten-free could inadvertently result in a less healthy diet. One thing that could help: A dietitian tells Healthline that those who are on gluten-free diets should take care to make sure they don’t eat too many processed foods. (Gluten-free pasta has even more carbs.)

Just a thought

That is it for today my friends….see ya tomorrow and we will post the monthly winner of the “Assie”…..peace out  chuq