The Daily Feed: Cheese, the New Ice Pack?

Multiple media outlets (the Christian Science Monitor among them) are reporting that U.S. Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn suffered a training accident last week in Austria, leaving her fate in the upcoming Vancouver games uncertain. Cheese to the rescue!

Vonn is apparently applying topfen curd cheese to the injury in the hopes it will reduce swelling. To gauge how mainstream this practice is, I turned to cheese expert Jeanette Hurt , author of both The Cheeses of Wisconsin (2008) and The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide (2009, both from Countryman Press).  

“I have never, ever used cheese for a bruised shin...," admits Hurt.  "Packing ricotta around swelling? Sounds kind of stinky to me. I do, however, know that cheese is good for your teeth and [keeps] away cavities.”

Still, I can relate to Vonn’s efforts, sort of. In the mid-90s, I awoke in a tiny Seville hotel with one of my eyes swollen shut. The Spanish doctor tending to me whipped out an apple teabag, ran it under cool water, and pressed it to my eye. It worked.

One can only hope that Vonn’s unusual food-based remedy proves equally effective.


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

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