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Processed Cheese to Real Cheese

Do you remember the summer of 2015 when “your favorite snack food” was taken out of stores all over the country? The reason – it contained lead (MSG) in it. 

You couldn’t eat your favorite unhealthy food during your office breaks or after hunger pangs in the middle of the night. Tough time, right?

Most of us were already aware that it wasn’t healthy food. Most food we consume is unhealthy. Those deep-fried chips, soothing cold drinks, and the cheesy hot burger. 

Yeah, we know fast food is not a way to keep our hearts healthy. But we still consume it. Why? It’s tasty, and above all, fast. The name already suggests that – fast and convenient. Fastly processed and available to you to satiate your hungry tummies with oozing processed cheese, a few veggies, processed meat in a lot of oil, and lots of carbs. You cannot wait for a healthy balanced diet (containing seven different dishes) during your short 15 mins break in the office. It has been the reason why most people prefer eating fast food over several traditional meal courses. We knew it was unhealthy, but we can’t help it. We were loving it.

But times are changing. There are severe health concerns, and we definitely have to change our eating habits. And that’s why millennials are making the big shift – no more processed food, more healthy organic food. 

What Is Processed Cheese?

processed cheese

Okay, Good! Organic food. But why are we leaving processed cheese? Or what is processed cheese anyway? Processed cheese is not 100% real cheese. It is about 50% more or less cheese. It has added ingredients along with cheese. Cheese and other dairy products are mixed with emulsifiers to produce processed cheese.

What is an emulsifier? It is a chemical additive that helps in mixing two liquids like mixing oil and water. Unfortunately, an emulsifier is unhealthy. Synthetic emulsifiers like polysorbate 80 (P80) and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) cause many metabolism issues. It also contributes to obesity-related disorders like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease. 

So, in short, processed cheese may look delicious, but it’s not healthy. Overconsuming it may lead to serious health concerns. 

Different Types of Processed cheese –

  • Pasteurized Processed Cheese.
  • Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food.
  • Pasteurized Processed Cheese Spread.
  • Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product.
  • Cold-Pack.
Read Also:  What are Lactose-Free Milk 

Why was Processed Cheese Developed?

Natural cheese is not as tasty or cheesy as it appears in adverts. Processed cheese is more creamy, more consistent in flavor, better seasoned, and more crave-able. It is hard to produce natural cheese with consistent taste or better shelf life. 

Processed cheese, on the other hand, has a better shelf life. It is cheap to produce, does not separate when cooked, and overall maintains a uniform look. It is easy to mass-produce.

Because of these qualities, processed cheese was quite famous in the past. But now, when we know the ill effects of processed cheese, the popular notion is changing. It is not as bad as it sounds. Eating processed cheese occasionally doesn’t harm you. But consuming it on daily basis is sure to have an adverse effect.

Why Real Cheese?

Real Cheese

Processed cheese is convenient for the sellers and the producers but not for the consumers. Real cheese takes more resources and time to produce, and hence it is healthier. Cheese produced from the milk of 100% grass-fed animals is richer in nutrients. Cheese produced in organic farms is more healthy. Vitamins and minerals in organic cheese –

  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Zinc
  • Sodium
  • Phosphorus
  • Riboflavin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin K2

How is Cheese Beneficial to Your Body?

Cheese is a rich source of fats. It is a calorie-dense food. One ounce of cheese contains 100 calories. If you are looking to lose weight, you should not eat any cheese products and foods. If you are trying to gain some muscles, you should incorporate cheese into your diet in a healthy amount. Moderation is the key. Eat as much as necessary. Cheese can provide you with necessary calories, but too much cheese will make you obese and give you health complications. 

If you are lactose intolerant, you can try the cheese. Cheese has a comparatively low amount of lactose and equal benefits as milk. You can try Parmesan cheese, which is low in lactose. However, if you have dairy allergies (allergic to casein present in dairy and dairy products), you should avoid cheese. 

Also, sodium present in cheese makes you overeat. That is the reason why you end up eating more cheese and gaining weight. High sodium content is bad in case of high blood pressure. Refrain from eating cheese if you have hypertension or any heart-related issues.

Cheese is high in fat and low in fiber, making it difficult for weight-concerned individuals. You can try low-calorie cheese like part-skim mozzarella, Swiss cheese, feta cheese, or low-sodium cheese.

In a nutshell, the benefits of organic cheese are –

  • Good for gaining body weight
  • Good for bones
  • Provides rare vitamins like B-12 and K2
  • Improves vision
  • Provides you all the benefits of organic milk