On the 8th day of Christmas, ScienceforLife gave to me:
- Perme-8 from milking*;
- Seven terrible minutes;
- Six tweeps a-tweeting;
- Five bulk gold rings;
- Four extinct birds;
- A 3D shape;
- Two Venus transits; and
- Planets that resemble a tree.
*Australian consumers were up in arms during 2012 when certain dairy distributors suggested that permeate-free milk was what we should all be drinking. Please, for the sake of your health, avoid permeate! The problem was, nobody seemed to know what permeate was; even scientists were confused. Luckily @heatherbray6 came to our rescue with this blog post. The bottom line? Permeate is basically low-protein, low-fat milk produced by passing whole milk through a membrane. It’s not a ‘chemical’ and it’s not artificial, and it’s added to whole milk before packaging to allow standardisation of nutritional content. No doubt I’ll be drinking a little permeate in my egg-nog this Christmas.
[image thanks to circasassy on flickr]