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Is Cheese Addictive? Only If You Eat It

CheeseThe definitive answer to the title question is an emphatic, "Maybe." Why?  It depends upon whom you ask.  It depends upon your definition of addicted.  It even depends on the type of cheese you're continuously munching on. 


This obscure question was brought to my attention by my daughter, who regularly sends me newsworthy links to topics she thinks I should cover on Shelf Life Advice. This time, she sent me a Discovery Channel online article by Alice Truong, who talks about casomorphins, which, as you might surmise from the last two syllables, are related to the addictive painkiller.  Here's what Truong says, "The primary protein in milk is casein. When the human body digests casein, it produces casomorphins, which have an opiate effect on humans.  Because cheese is denser than, for example, milk, the casein is more heavily concentrated, meaning that eating cheese produces a larger amount of casomorphins in the body compared to eating other dairy products."

What’s in My Water? Answers to FAQs

Thirsty? What could be better than a tall, cold glass of water?  But how much do you know about the contents of that glass? Recent media attention focused on water contamination has caused us to revisit this topic and seek expert answers to questions not answered elsewhere on the site. 


First, let’s get a little background about the water supply we depend upon:


What will you be dining on this year? Here are predictions from folks in the know

Those of us of an unmentionable age may have trouble recollecting the immediate past (for example, 3 minutes ago where did I put our reading glasses?),  but we can prognosticate about foods of the future, thanks to help from experts.


Should you or your dishwasher do the first rinse?

DishwasherFor years, I was a member of the clean plate club.  No, I don't mean I ate everything on my plate but rather that I cleaned my dishes (and silverware and cooking utensils) pretty thoroughly before loading them into my dishwasher. Yep, that's what I did until one surprising evening (while I was loading my dishwasher) a dishwasher repairman appeared on my kitchen TV screen. "Don't rinse!" was his message. He swore up and down that dirty dishes clean up better than well-rinsed ones.  I heard it on TV, so it must be right, right?  But I'm not quick to give up my long-standing assumptions, even if they're erroneous. So I listened, and then I researched.

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