Processed Cheese vs. Real Cheese

I’ve kind of boycotted Kraft mostly because of what I read in “The Unhealthy Truth” about the company, but I’ve also heard and read other things about them that I do not like. Of course most of the reason being that they manufacture fake cheese products and make them sound healthy.

The following is a list of Kraft Singles ingredients: milk, whey, milk protein concentrate, milk fat, sodium citrate, calcium phosphate, whey protein concentrate, salt, lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, cheese culture, annatto and paprika extract (color), enzymes, and vitamin D3.

There are 15 ingredients listed. First of all, let me point out that the name of this product is Kraft Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product. Apparently it’s not allowed to be called cheese because less than 51% of it is really cheese.

Let’s go through a few of these ingredients. This information is from fooducate.com.

  • Whey -a by-product of cheese production.”
  • Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC)-a white to light-cream-colored dry powder. It is a very cheap milk by-product produced from skim milk through a series of processes that includes ultrafiltration, evaporation and drying.”
  • Milkfat-the fatty portion of milk: Whole milk has 3.25% fat. Skim milk has none. How much milkfat is used here? Good Question. Kraft doesn’t say.”
  • Calcium Phosphate (E341)-an acidity regulator, calcium phosphate is also a raising agent. It is also used in cheese products to fortify them with additional calcium.” (Take note: added vitamins/minerals like I mentioned in the last post.)
  • Sodium Citrate (E331)-a food additive, usually for flavor or as a preservative.”
  • Whey Protein Concentrate-a collection of globular proteins that can be isolated from whey, a by-product of cheese manufactured from cow’s milk.” (The word “manufactured” should’ve stuck out to you.)
  • Sodium Phosphate (E339)“-a food additive used as an emulsifier. Emulsifiers keep oil and water molecules mixed together, despite their natural tendency to separate. Sodium phosphate is used in processed cheese products such as this. It also increases its shelf life and maintains texture and appearance.”
  • Sorbic Acid as a Preservative (E200)-antimicrobial agents often used as preservatives in food and drinks to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and fungi.”
  • Vitamin D3” (Another added vitamin)

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We have been using Trader Joe’s Sliced Sharp Cheddar Cheese. There are six natural ingredients in this cheese: milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, vegetable rennet, and annatto. I like that the package states that the milk is from cows not treated with rBST. And note that the statement on the bottom: “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with artificial hormones and those not treated with artificial hormones” is required on all dairy by the FDA, but this has been proven not to be the case.

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