Culinary no-no #509


The 19th Biennial U.S. Championship Cheese Contest was held this past week in Green Bay, WI. The three-day event is considered the largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the country.

And the winner is…

Third-place winner Marieke Penterman of Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp, congratulates Mike Matucheski, Antigo-based Sartori Co. master cheesemaker, who took home top honors for his Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano cheese March 9, 2017 at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Sarah Kloepping/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

A black pepper Italian-inspired cheese from Sartori Cheese in Antigo was named the top cheese in the country. Photo: Barry Adams, WI State Journal has this review:

“Black Pepper Bellavitano is a unique Cheddar-Parmesan inspired Italian farmstead cow’s cheese hand-coated in premium coarse ground black pepper to impart a spicy zestiness. The salty-spicy punch of the black pepper contrasts the rich, nutty, creaminess of the BellaVitano.”

The same website says “Cheese is nutritious food.”

Dr. Neal Barnard disagrees.

You may be totally shocked at this report in USA TODAY:

“Cheese is addictive, Barnard said, because the dairy proteins inside can act as mild opiates. Fragments of cheese protein, called casomorphins, attach to the same brain receptors as heroin and other narcotics. As a result, each bite of cheese produces a tiny hit of dopamine.

“He calls it ‘dairy crack’.”

Think about what the good doctor is asserting.

Crack is not only addictive, it’s dangerous. Crack can cause lung damage, respiratory problems, increased blood pressure, racing heartbeat, and psychotic symptoms.

Crack induced euphoria can quickly turn to depression and paranoia. When the high goes away there’s a craving for another dose. The paranoia has the crack users thinking that someone is trying to get into their house, that someone is following them, or that others are trying to attack them. That can lead to unprovoked attacks on others.

Irritability, anxiety, headache, depression, aggressive behavior, abdominal pain, and sudden death due to heart attack or stroke are all potential side effects.

Accuse Barnard of engaging in hyperbole and a jury could easily find guilty.

Reminds me of the M*A*S*H episode, “Tea and Empathy.”

Hawkeye deals with a tough British major. In the end the major isn’t that tough, but Hawkeye points out a British habit of giving wounded soldiers tea leads to peritonitis.

Before he parts from Hawkeye the major says he’ll bring that bit of information to the attention of his superiors and then adds, “If it was anything but tea.”

I’d say the same about Barnard’s suggestion that we dump cheddar altogether.

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