Today we're not just talking cheese, we're talking shredded cheese. This is the time of year when everyone has a party or picnic to go to, and most of the time you need to bring a dish of some kind. Many of these dishes call for cheese.
Sidenote: I'm so in love with cheese that I have to restrict it from my diet 99% of the time. I cannot be trusted with the creamy goodness that is cheese. Colby. Cheddar. Mozzarella. Gouda. Gorgonzola. Monterey Jack. Cream. Pepper Jack. Sigh. I love cheese, but it does not love me. It tempts me ever so. Today at lunch I splurged and order chicken parm. I only ate about half of it and that should last me several months. My body works much better when I stay away from cheese and dairy in general. Though, surprisingly, ice cream does not affect me in a bad way. Hmmmm.....
Anyway, back to cheese. Many recipes call for shredded cheese and the food industry has listened and provided a myriad of choices in the shredded cheese department and they have an entire section devoted to bags of cheese.
One would think that it would just be a bag of shredded cheese, but it is not.
Check out the ingredient list of this bag of Kraft shredded mozzarella:
And here is a package of mozzarella that you would need to shred yourself:
Kraft shredded cheddar:
And a block of store-brand cheddar:
The shredded cheese has a lot more ingredients in it. Things that you really don't need to have in your body. Mold inhibitor? Really? Yuck.
How hard is it to shred your own cheese? If you're truly opposed to it (or just lazy...ha ha) then consider it a mini-workout.
Remember: read the labels. Just because they sell it in the store does not mean that you should ingest it.