Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wondered Why Your Parmesan Cheese tastes like Cardboard? Perhaps it is? Boxed Mac and Cheese is More Wood Pulp than Cheese!

Adulteration of our food impacts every element of our diet these days. To save money companies add fillers, additives, and chemicals.  They substitute the real thing with ingredients that add to the weight of the product to increase profit, but do not add to the taste or nutrition.  Fake, imitation food surrounds us these days. It contributes to obesity, diabetes, and health problems. We are feeding our body systems with fake food, disguising itself as real food. Often, it seems no one cares that the food is a mass of cheap fillers. Why are Americans who have more money for food, have a diet often that is making them sick?

One factor is adulterated foods!

So now it seems our cherished grated Parmesan cheese is not the real thing either.  I have noticed there is a huge difference in the brands bought at Walmart versus the brand of Parmesan bought at Sam's Club or Cost Co.   I knew Walmart's brand was not as good, because it had less taste and texture.  Now we know why. 

Castle Cheese Company who produced many of the cheaper brands of Parmesan Cheese, was using cellulose, a anti-clumping agent made from wood pulp, not real Romano cheese.  So you have been eating wood pulp, legal wood pulp, instead of cheese.   Your taste buds were not wrong. It tasted flavorless and was.   

To begin with, we learn that it is legal to add 2 to 4% of Cellulose to cheese products.  That is sad in itself.  Saves money for the company, with reduced nutritional content for the unwitting consumer. A huge percentage of cheap cheese products contain large percentages of cellulose or wood pulp. 

Examples are below:

Most cheese products like Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese manufactured from Jewel-Osco contains 8.8% cellulose.  

Walmart's Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese contained 7.8 % cellulose when tested.  I am sure all of us have bought these brands in a pinch.  I told my husband that this brand had no taste and not to buy it again. I was right. 

So the 100% Parmesan cheese stated on the label is an out and out lie. I for one have to admit that I don't usually read the label on Parmesan Cheese.  I incorrectly assumed Parmesan cheese was an item that I didn't have to monitor.   I knew that the cheaper cheese products like those in boxed mac and cheese were poor quality. The cheese sauce does not taste right, it tastes fake and the texture is fake too. 

I make my own mac and cheese but many thousands buy boxed mac and cheese because it is cheap and fills up empty stomachs.  So all those kids are getting more cellulose or wood pulp, than real cheese.   That is really awful since kids need good quality food to grow properly and to feed their growing brain function.  

Castle sold its 100% grated Parmesan Cheese products to over 3,000 retail stores for years. It did not contain any Parmesan cheese but a mix of Swiss, mozzarella, white cheddar, and cellulose. It got away with this for years.  They were shut down and fined eventually. 

Testing of cheese brands also proved the protein content was less than stated on the label as well.  

U.S. hard Italian cheeses also most likely contain fillers, because they are a dryer, harder cheese.  It takes more milk to manufacture hard cheeses and Parmesan. That costs the company profit. 

Schuman Fairfield, a company based in New Jersey, does sell real cheese products that are quality. He is the biggest seller of Italian cheeses in the U.S.  His company manufacturers about 33% of the cheese brands sold here in the U.S.  His cheese products cost more but you are getting real cheese not imitation cheese or cheese with more cellulose than real cheese.  His company name is Arthur Schuman, Inc. 

So read labels on cheese products, even the ones you assumed were higher quality.  No food is safe from adulteration these days.  Work on deleting those boxed products from your diet.  Beans and soups are cheap.  They go a long way on a tight budget.   They do fill you up with better nutrition than the boxed meals.  I know most moms are so tired that they tend to rely on anything that saves them time and energy, but it is garbage food with inferior ingredients.   

This is all for today.   Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin


I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

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Tips on Buying Healthy Moringa Seeds

It's going to be Spring in a couple of months. It is time to think about starting some veggie and Moringa seedlings inside.  It is very important to buy good seed stock.  If your seed stock is not fresh and viable, you will get few plants from all your work.  

Buying good quality Moringa seed is difficult. Most of it comes from foreign countries such as India.   If the seed is purchased in the US, it probably still is seed from a foreign country.  Most American growers do not have enough trees to sell their own seeds. They use their own seed to start new trees for their expanding groves. 

Moringa Seeds. Legality,  and Custom Problems

#1:  Try to buy the seed from an American company, so that you don't have to worry about customs taking your purchase.  This happens often when buying from overseas sellers. The seed sent from overseas is supposed to be inspected in that country by their Agriculture agencies.  The seed is then given a certificate, a Phyto-sanitary Certificate, by the country of origin, stating it is free of bugs and plant disease,  making it legal to export.  That often is not the case for the seed that is sold on sites like Ebay.  When it then goes through the postal system without a certificate, it is often flagged, and held by the US import agencies.  That is why some of the Moringa seed is so cheap because it is not being sent legally. They will state in the product detail that your seeds may be taken by customs and they do not take responsibility for that risk. You will lose your money.  

Even seed sold in the US can be held depending on the state's agriculture restrictions. California and Oregon are two states with very restrictive rules. You will notice in plant catalogs that certain seeds and plants cannot be shipped to these two states and several others.  So research first the agriculture rules in your growing area and state. 

Read Customer Input at Amazon and other sites

If possible, research customer reviews for the seed seller and the products he sells.  You will read in many cases, that the seeds never produced any plants.  The problem with customer responses is often the buyer made mistakes in germinating the seeds.  The seeds were fine but the buyer didn't germinate them properly.  So germination problems can be seed quality or lack of proper germination steps. 

In some cases the seeds will look beautiful but produce nothing. I have gotten some bad seed through in past years. I know of sellers who have bought thousands of dollars of seed, only to find it poor quality. They buy the seed in huge quantities (large barrels) so that they could make a decent profit on it. They often lose more money than they make.  Sellers often test germinate the seed lot before they sell them.  A percent of the seed batch is taken out and tested to see the percentage of seeds that sprout.  Visually bad seeds are removed as well. Sellers who wish to stay in business do not sell seeds that do not test germinate well.  It is just a loss or they may perform a second germination test.  Test germinating a batch does not guarantee every seed is good. That is impossible. Test germination gives you an overall assessment for the viability of a particular seed batch. A majority of companies sell the seeds without testing it first, often selling seed that they know is old.  

Seed Germination results are dependent on proper germination steps!

Poor germination can be blamed on the buyer.  Many buyers do not follow proper germination steps or bother to read the directions. This is a problem since each kind of seed requires certain steps to grow properly. Each kind of seed needs to be planted at a certain depth, given either light or darkness during the germination stage, and other environmental requirements. If you germinate too early in Spring, you won't get good results. If you germinate before there is enough warmth, they fail.  Even if you follow the directions perfectly, sometimes the seeds don't germinate.  Seeds are often difficult.  That is why so many people fail when starting from seeds. Some seeds are more difficult than others to germinate.

Moringa seeds are difficult to get started. Moringa seeds contain a high amount of protein, so they are prone to mold.  They are loved by birds and other creatures as food. I knew one man who planted several thousand, only to have them eaten by birds before they ever had a chance to sprout.  Store Moringa seeds in a air tight container so they don't mold. Do not keep them in the refrigerator but in a cool and dry area of the house.  It depends on the freshness of the seeds how long they last. I would plant the seeds within 90 days of receiving them if possible.  You have no idea how old the seed is to begin with unless stated on the seed packet.

#1:  Moringa Oliefera seeds should be black or dark brown, hard and firm. The seeds are wrapped in a paper like cover that surrounds each seed.  If the seed is cream colored, mushy, soft, the seed is old and bad. They should look like this. If you press the seed, it should feel firm between your fingers.


This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 

Moringa Powder Capsules - Organic and Vegan (210 Count, 1,000mg Per Serving) Amazing Green Superfood from Moringa Oleifera Leaf by Double Wood Supplements   
Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin