The Ultimate Cheese-Buying Guide

Use this guide to make sure the cheese you’re buying is safe.

The Ultimate Cheese-Buying Guide

By Toni Gasparis

Cellulose, a common additive in processed foods, has been found in large amounts of Parmesan cheese. While the FDA has said that a regulated amount of cellulose in food is safe, many brands do not put cellulose on the label and sell their Parmesan as 100 percent pure. If consumed in excess, cellulose can significantly decrease the nutritional value of food and have a laxative effect on those consuming. Be an aware consumer and a smart shopper by using our cheese-buying guide to help you weed out the cheese imposters.


Avoid Flip-Lids

Packaging has a lot to do with the quality of cheese. Anything in plastic with a flip-lid for easy sprinkling is most likely filled with cellulose as a way to cut manufacturing costs and sell at such a low price.

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