Not so 'grate' news for cheese lovers.
Even as American cheese consumption grows, the European Union said that it would like the U.S. to stop using its European names for cheese. Many cheeses are named for the places in which they are made. Popular varieties like Feta, Brie and Parmesan might have to change their famous monikers if they are not made in the respective regions.
The U.S. is worried about how this will affect their brands, but the good news is that Wisconsin cheddar isn't going anywhere!
Watch the video above to learn more about this potential cheese crisis.
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Read on to learn more about cheese.
So, you think you know all there is to know about cheese? Don't get us wrong, we did too at first, but then we came across these interesting facts and had to share. From one cheese connoisseur to the next, enjoy!
Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes?
You mean, they're actually there for a reason? Turns out, they are! The holes are caused by the expansion of gas within the cheese curd during the ripening period. Cheesemakers can actually change the size of the holes by altering the acidity and temperature of the bacteria they use when making the cheese.
What's the Most Popular Cheese in the World?
If you guessed cheddar, you're right!
Where Did the Expression "Big Cheese" Come From?
It's been said that the expression originally came from those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese, hence, they were dubbed, "The Big Cheese."
Limburger, AKA, Stinky Cheese
Did you know that the Chalet Cheese Co-op in Monroe, Wisconsin, is the only cheese factory in the country that still produces Limburger cheese? Furthermore, did you know that the bacteria brevibacterium linens is the culprit for what makes the cheese smell so funky? This bacteria is also partially responsible for what causes body odor in humans.
Who Are the Top Cheese Producers in the US?
The top cheese producers in the U.S. are Wisconsin (more than 2.4 billion pounds annually), California (2.1 billion pounds), Idaho (770.6 million pounds), New York (666.8 million pounds), and Minnesota (629.3 million pounds). These states account for 72 percent of the country's cheese production!
Can Cheese Promote Sweet Dreams?
Turns out, according to a British study in 2005, cheese affects sleep in a positive way. Cheese contains tryptophan, an amino acid that's been reported to reduce stress and induce sleep. What's more? The specific types of cheese consumed prior to sleep may impact your dreams, making them more vivid and colorful.
Is There Such Thing As Healthy Cheese?
While we'd love to tell you that there is some miraculous, amazing, creamy cheese you can munch on without gaining a single pound, that may be a stretch. However, there are a few cheeses that aren't as prone to stack on the calories and fat. Try ricotta, gouda, feta and sharp cheddar (opposed to mild cheddar).
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