In a blind taste test, can you imagine the difference between real cheddar cheese and a processed cheese slice? The reality is, they couldn’t be more different. As the age old saying goes, it would be like comparing apples to oranges, or better yet, orange popsicles.
A friend of mine put it best when she said “even my dog won’t eat processed cheese slices”.

I’d like to start by laying it all out in plain sight. This is the ingredient list (if I can even call them ingredients) for a Kraft processed cheese slice:

toxic processed cheese

Milk, Whey, Milk Protein Concentrate, Milkfat, Contains Less Than 2% of Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid as a Preservative, Cheese Culture, Enzymes, Annatto and Paprika Extract (color), Vitamin D3.

So you’re probably thinking you recognize most of those items and that they aren’t too dangerous right? Think again.
If you were to leave a slice of processed cheese out on a window sill, it would take weeks for anything to happen to it. It would harden, turn a dark brown color and maybe curl, but it would not mold. Ever. Does that sound like food to you?
This video also shows what happens when you try to light processed cheese on fire. It is not at all what you would expect out of a supposed edible product:

So back to that “ingredient” list. We know what milk is, but unfortunately Kraft fails to disclose what type of milk. Is it whole, 2%, skim, pumped full of hormones? And then there’s the milk protein concentrate.

Defined as a very cheap milk byproduct, MPC contains anywhere from 40-90% milk protein and is made using ultrafiltration and other chemical processing techniques.

You know those jokes about cheese slices being made out of plastic? Well they are more truth than joke.

A key element in milk protein concentrate known as casein is not only water insoluble, but is used as a form of adhesive in paints, glues and yes, plastics. That might help explain that video. Yum!

Next we have sorbic acid. Used as a microbial preservative in foods to prevent mold, it is generally considered a non-toxic additive, but I personally believe that any chemical compound which prevents the natural decay of food cannot be healthy.

Some more food for thought: processed cheese slices cannot legally be labeled as cheese. Because of their highly mechanized method of production, these plastic wrapped slices must be labeled a cheese food, spread or product but not simply cheese.

In 2002 the Federal Drug and Food Administration sent a warning letter to Kraft protesting their branding and as a result must now include the words “pasteurized” and “prepared”. Based on the track record of our good friends at the FDA, it stands to reason that if they’re concerned about a product, it should be something to avoid entirely.


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