Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2010

Eating your curds and whey

December 9, 2010

Last week I happened to be browsing in a health and vitamin store when I noticed shelf after shelf of a product named Whey in the body building aisle. This reminded me of a nursery rhyme I learned as a child titled Little Miss Muffet. It went something like this: “Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider and sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.”

At that particular time in my life, I did not have a clue what a tuffet was and had no idea what curds and whey were.

Strangely enough, my first real job was with a dairy manufacturing company in Kansas City that made cheddar and cottage cheese, and I learned where curds and whey came from. Curds are a delectable item when they are fresh and packaged properly. The plant where I worked was known as the Cheese Plant back in the 1940s. During the process of turning milk into cheese, whey liquid is separated out from the curds.

What happened back then really upsets me now, as thousands of dollars worth of the whey fluid was allowed to disappear down the drain. Little did we know of its value. When we moved our plant to Lawrence in early 1966, we were not allowed to put the whey down the sewer, so our company bought a farm near Garnett, a large tanker and a large wheel tractor to distribute the whey all over the farmland. What a waste. If we had only known of its value back then, as we had all the equipment in place that could have condensed and powdered it.

Whey protein has the highest value in providing amino acids, which result in building and retaining muscle tissue. Many body builders rely on these whey products. It comes in many flavors as a powder and there are many different brand names involved. Nearly every body builder knows the importance of using this product. It also supports a healthy immune system.

Out of the many protein sources out there, whey protein is the ultimate.

I’m still not sure what a tuffet looks like but I think it is something to sit on.

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