Is Your Favorite Brand Of Cheese Really Giving You 100% Parmesan Cheese?
If you’re a cheese-lover, you might want to rethink the brands of cheese that you’re buying because the Parmesan cheese you might be consuming at the moment may not be the “100% real cheese” that it claims to be.
Bloomberg News took on the task of performing some tests on the top-selling Parmesan cheese brands. What their studies found is proving to be alarming to many consumers.
Their tests suggest that the grated Parmesan cheeses people often buy in a can is filled with cellulose. Cellulose is an anti-clumping additive that is made from wood pulp, it is often used as a filler in many foods. In many cases, it is cheaper for cheese makers to mix in high levels of cellulose than to fill their containers with pure Paremesan cheese.
The FDA does accept cellulose as a safe additive, but only with levels of 2-4%. These labels were the ones found to be exceeding those levels:
Walmart’s Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese — 7.8%
Jewel-Osco’s Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese — 8.8%
The top ranking brand labels were Kraft cheese, which had just below 4%. The top ranking cheese was Whole Foods 365 with only 0.3% cellulose levels.
According to the biggest seller of hard Italian cheeses in the U.S.,Neil Schuman, around “20 percent of U.S. production — worth $375 million in sales — is mislabeled.”
“The tipping point was grated cheese, where less than 40 percent of the product was actually a cheese product. Consumers are innocent, and they’re not getting what they bargained for. And that’s just wrong.” – Neil Schuman