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The Worst Cheeses At The Grocery Store

Today I am going to be talking about something of the worst cheeses that are in grocery stores today. If you are new to my blog hello my name Is Amanda hence the blog name Amanda Explains It. Here I like to give Informative Information In every blog I do. Recently I’ve done a what I call an accidental series and that Is the best/worst of something. In the best/worst of something, I talk about EVERYTHING nothing Is off limits. If you want to check out previous best/worst of something all the links will be provided at the end of today’s post.

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Horizon Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Horizon organic cheddar shredded cheese

PER 1/4 CUP (28 G): 110 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 6 g protein

Make any dish better with a sprinkle of organic…wood chips?! Yes, you heard that right. This organic company uses cellulose, aka wood chip powder, to prevent caking of their cheese product in the bag, although they do proudly specify that their cheese isn’t bleached with chlorine in the ingredient list (thanks I guess?). The truth is, shredded cheese in most all brands contains cellulose so if you want to avoid wood chips in your salad, opt for a block of cheese and grate it the old fashioned way, your body will thank you.

Kraft Fat-Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese

PER ¼ CUP (28 G): 45 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 9 g protein

Yes, this one uses cornstarch instead of wood chips to prevent caking, but they also use a boatload of artificial color to give their cheese it’s fluorescent orange color—another shredded cheese fail I want far from my next salad.

Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Plain

Tofutti better than cream cheese

PER 2 TBSP (30 G): 60 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein

The ingredient list for this cream cheese alternative is as long as it is highly processed and bad for your health. Mixed into a blend of expeller-pressed oils and water, processed gums and cellulose (I’ll say it again, wood chips) are added to give this imitation mixture it’s cream cheese-like texture. Containing only 1 gram of protein and no vitamins or minerals such as calcium, this cream cheese gives new meaning to the term empty calories.

Land O’Lakes Sharp American Singles

Land o lakes sharp american cheese singles

PER 1 SLICE (23 G): 80 calories, 7 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 320 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 5 g protein
I’m going to need a lot a lakes in the land to keep hydrated after these yellow American singles. With 1/7 of the FDA recommended sodium allowance of 2,300 mg a day in just one measly deli thin slice, these tips the danger scale for salt and won’t even leave you full in the process just bloated.

Polly-O Twist Cheese

Polly o cheese twists mozzarella and cheddar

PER 1 STICK (21 G): 60 calories, 4 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 6 g protein

A school lunch favorite because of the satisfying feeling when you successfully separate it’s two-toned twist, the nutrition in this mozzarella and cheddar string cheese is fine by me. I could do without the added dyes that give it it’s fun colors though, and so could you.

Violife Just Like Gouda for Pizza Blocks

Violife just like gouda

PER 1 OZ (28 G): 80 calories, 6 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Completely void of protein, vitamins, and minerals—these vegan cheese blocks have 0 nutritional value and are packed with saturated fats and sodium. The third ingredient behind water and coconut oil is also modified food starch, which although is thought in itself to be safe, is processed with chemicals that some nutritionists question—you’ve gouda be kidding me.

Kraft American Cheese Slices

Kraft american singles pasteurized prepared cheese product

PER 1 SLICE (21 G): 60 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 4 g protein

Beware any cheese labeled “pasteurized process cheese food” or even worse, “cheese product.” According to the FDA, these products don’t have enough real cheese in them to even be called cheese. As pasteurized process cheese food these slices are only required to have a minimum of 51% cheese, so what are they really? A mixture of 16 ingredients including milk protein concentrate, whey, and a lot of processed additives.

Sargento Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese

Sargento part skim ricotta

PER 1/4 CUP (62 G): 70 calories, 4.5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein

What happens when you take out the natural fats in a product like cottage cheese? In order to bring texture and taste back up to par with a whole milk ricotta, a host of thickeners and sweeteners are added. In this ricotta thickener of choice is carrageenan, which derived from seaweed, has been linked to abdominal inflammation and discomfort.

Follow your Heart Dairy Free Parmesan Style

Follow your heart dairy free parmesan

PER 2 TSP (5 G): 20 calories, 1.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Modified starch, carrageenan, cellulose—need I say more?

Breakstone’s Cottage Doubles Honey Vanilla

Breakstone's cottage doubles honey vanilla

PER 1 CONTAINER (133 G): 120 calories, 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 9 g protein

Breakstone’s cottage doubles snack line add fruit, and in this case vanilla and honey, to your snack for an extra sweet treat. It isn’t just whole fruit being tossed into the mix though, and a host of added sugars and sodium slip through the crack in the process. Do yourself a favor and add your own fresh fruit to a 4% cottage cheese.

Final Thoughts

Cheese Is something you should have as a treat from time to time. I understand that most of up our beloved cheese. Who am I to tell you to give up cheese? What I can tell you is that I suggest that you cut back the best you can. And like always if you have any questions about today’s post or any past posts please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.

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