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.

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Image: Ferrrarinifood

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.

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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.

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Image: HardRockNIck

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.

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Image: YessHaze

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

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