The Ultimate Cheese-Buying Guide

Use this guide to make sure the cheese you’re buying is safe.

The Ultimate Cheese-Buying Guide

By Toni Gasparis

Cellulose, a common additive in processed foods, has been found in large amounts of Parmesan cheese. While the FDA has said that a regulated amount of cellulose in food is safe, many brands do not put cellulose on the label and sell their Parmesan as 100 percent pure. If consumed in excess, cellulose can significantly decrease the nutritional value of food and have a laxative effect on those consuming. Be an aware consumer and a smart shopper by using our cheese-buying guide to help you weed out the cheese imposters.

Avoid Flip-Lids

Packaging has a lot to do with the quality of cheese. Anything in plastic with a flip-lid for easy sprinkling is most likely filled with cellulose as a way to cut manufacturing costs and sell at such a low price.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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