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do processed cheese slices have unhealthy trans-fats?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 7:06 PM

do processed cheese slices have unhealthy trans-fats?

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:49 AM

Off topic, but cheese slice are terrible. How hard is it to cut cheese?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:11 PM

I'm not sure what the EU rules are but I haven't seen any cheeses with trans fat here. Cheese sauces on the other hand...

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:10 PM

While I admire the "YES", any sources ?

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:17 PM

yes. The FDA ALLOWS that nothing needs to be disclosed on the package if it is less than one gram. Most processed cheese has trans fats.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:09 PM

There are some semi-decent organic (horizon brand I think) processed cheese slices available. This is in terms of the ingredient label only, as Horizon has been rated low for simply following the letter and not the spirit of organic food production.

I'm of the thinking that cheese really should be considered a "treat" and as such, should be of high quality (grass-fed milk, little or no added ingredients, etc.)

Cheap, commodity cheese (I'm looking at you Kraft) is chock full of all sorts of weird additives. Additionally, because you can buy it in bulk, it is easier to eat much greater quantities of it.

Spending a little more on smaller quantities of tasty, nutritious, quality cheese is an investment in health and wellbeing as opposed to a liability.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:50 PM

It does depend on brand (assuming you mean the bright orange stuff sold in slices and usually labeled as American Cheese) The Kraft or house brand Deli slices usually do not. You really just have to read the labels.

I agree that ultimately you want to steer away from these and go for more real cheese but if that's where you are right now then just use the Deli slices or anything else that just has dairy, cultures and enzymes and maybe some salt on the ingredient list.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:41 PM

possibly, depending on the brand. just look at the ingredients.

trans fats are usually caused by partial hydrogenation of oils and/or mono and diglycerides.

also, it is my understanding that even non hydrogenated omega6 laden oils contain some trans fats.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:42 PM

YES. don't go there. Raw cheese from organic grass fed cows is ok if tolerated.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:10 PM

While I admire the "YES", any sources ?

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