Choose Wisely #15
Cheese. So many of us love cheese and can’t wait to introduce it back into our diets. First a word of caution – cheese can cause gains, so we suggest to introduce it slowly and in moderation. Try and stick to 1 oz when introducing. When choosing cheese, choose white over the yellow/orange variety due to the additives the company adds in to make the cheese yellow.
Do Not Choose This:
When people think of cheddar cheese, the image that pops into our minds is an image of a yellow or almost orange colored block. However, this is not the healthiest choice. These cheddar cheese varieties are processed with a food additives.
There are a few different additives that a manufacturer may use. One ingredient that is known to be used is titanium oxide – an additive which is banned in Europe.
Another common additive is Tartrazine (FD&C Yellow No:5; CI Acid Yellow23, CI Food Yellow 4. Coal tar dye). This has been known to provoke asthma attacks and nettle rash (rash/hives) in children (the US FDA** estimates 1:10 000).Tartrazine is also thought to cause cancer.
Some manufactures may use Annatto which is a derivative from the achiote tree. This additive also gives the naturally white cheddar cheese that deep yellow, or orange, appearance.
White cheese is the wisest choice as it is closest to the natural state. Also, be careful of pre-shredded (in a bag) as those packaged in this way will most likely have preservatives added and many times it is a starch form. Also, remember the loner the cheese is aged, the better tasting it will be.