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September 12, 2012 7:02 PM
So my brother told me that yellow cheese is real cheese and that it isn't processed and that it's healthy for you. I told him that it's processed because a cow doesn't produce yellow cheese. So adding the food coloring which is processed, makes the cheese more unhealthy as it's more processed.

So which do you prefer, yellow cheese or white cheese? Which one is healthier and why?
September 12, 2012 7:03 PM
Cabots extra sharp cheddar, which is white. It's so tasty I can eat less
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September 12, 2012 7:04 PM
ive always heard lighter in color were the better ones.
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September 12, 2012 7:05 PM
My friend and I were just talking about this the other day. Pretty much any cheese you purchase in a regular grocery store is processed in some way. Maybe if you go to a fancy cheese shop or farm and buy it fresh then you will be good to go.

Edited to add: I love cheese.
Edited by MB_Positif On September 12, 2012 7:05 PM
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September 12, 2012 7:05 PM
Is there a major difference? Much of the time, I feel that it's not worth the packed in calories, light or darker. But it is delicious...
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September 12, 2012 7:07 PM
All cheese is processed, it cannot be 'found in nature' like that.
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September 12, 2012 7:11 PM
"Cheese food"
September 12, 2012 7:11 PM
All yellow cheese is yellow because they add food coloring to it. Otherwise it is the same. Sarauk, all food is processed one way or another.
September 12, 2012 7:11 PM
Almost all cheese is processed in some way, shape, or form- even "natural" cheeses that start as yogurts have to take some work to get to that point.

Anyway, I'm not sure which is healthier, per se, but lighter-colored cheeses tend to be less caloric, in my experience. But I'm sure with some of the way-fancier cheeses that are super-rich, this is not the case.
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September 12, 2012 7:12 PM
QUOTE:

ive always heard lighter in color were the better ones.


This ^^^
Plus spreadable light color cheese has the least calories and is better for you. Think Laughing Cow.
September 12, 2012 7:12 PM
I love the label on Kraft Singles: Pasteurized processed cheese food product. Sounds so delicious, doesn't it?
September 12, 2012 7:12 PM
If the word "product" comes after the word "cheese" I would stay away. Just pick whatever cheese you like and fits in your macros. It's all processed to some degree.

Sidenote: velveeta has sardines in it, so I stay away from that cheese product . Gross!

Otherwise, I <3 cheese.
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September 12, 2012 7:14 PM
Read the nutritional values and ingredients on the back of a package of each. They're probably pretty equal.
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September 12, 2012 7:15 PM
For me, white cheese doesn't affect my lactose issues like yellow... Probably not helpful here though ;)
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September 12, 2012 7:19 PM
QUOTE:

If the word "product" comes after the word "cheese" I would stay away. Just pick whatever cheese you like and fits in your macros. It's all processed to some degree.

Sidenote: velveeta has sardines in it, so I stay away from that cheese product . Gross!

Otherwise, I <3 cheese.


Not that I care one way or another - I prefer my cheese real and as unprocessed as possible but where in the world did you get that there are sardines in Velveeta Cheese - here's the ingredient list with explanations

btw - if you're talking about the differences between white and orange hard cheeses like cheddar there is no difference - one has a colour added and one doesnt - the difference in cheddar comes from how long it was aged

Cheese makers started to add the dye to unify the colour - white cheeses have subtle differences in the colour and Im guessing that somewhere along the line people decided those subtle difffences were unpalatable or something - so they started dying it.

In soft cheeses - not as sure - but I believe its the same

its when you get into the plastic cheese (like velveeta and cheese slices) that the nutritional differences become huge


Ingredients
Regular Velveeta cheese contains milk, water, milk fat, whey, whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate. These ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Enzymes and cheese culture are included to aid in the manufacture of the cheese -- these ingredients are bacterial agents that determine the taste, texture and appearance of cheese products. Velveeta cheese contains alginate, an emulsifier found naturally in brown algae. Sodium citrate adds a tart flavor in addition to acting as a preservative and acidity regulator. Sodium phosphate functions similarly to extend the product's shelf life. Two ingredients give Velveeta cheese its distinct hue -- annatto, a yellow-orange color additive derived from the tropical achiote trees, and apocarotenal, an orange color additive derived from citrus fruits.
Edited by ravengirl1611 On September 12, 2012 7:24 PM
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September 12, 2012 7:22 PM
I love cheese yellow, white, blue and any other color out there!!!
September 12, 2012 7:23 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

If the word "product" comes after the word "cheese" I would stay away. Just pick whatever cheese you like and fits in your macros. It's all processed to some degree.

Sidenote: velveeta has sardines in it, so I stay away from that cheese product . Gross!

Otherwise, I <3 cheese.


Not that I care one way or another - I prefer my cheese real and as unprocessed as possible but where in the world did you get that there are sardines in Velveeta Cheese - here's the ingredient list with explanations

btw - if you're talking about the differences between white and orange hard cheeses like cheddar there is no difference - one has a colour added and one doesnt - the difference in cheddar comes from how long it was aged

In soft cheeses - not as sure - but I believe its the same

its when you get into the plastic cheese (like velveeta and cheese slices) that the nutritional differences become huge


Ingredients
Regular Velveeta cheese contains milk, water, milk fat, whey, whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate. These ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Enzymes and cheese culture are included to aid in the manufacture of the cheese -- these ingredients are bacterial agents that determine the taste, texture and appearance of cheese products. Velveeta cheese contains alginate, an emulsifier found naturally in brown algae. Sodium citrate adds a tart flavor in addition to acting as a preservative and acidity regulator. Sodium phosphate functions similarly to extend the product's shelf life. Two ingredients give Velveeta cheese its distinct hue -- annatto, a yellow-orange color additive derived from the tropical achiote trees, and apocarotenal, an orange color additive derived from citrus fruits.


LOL- maybe they took it out, or maybe it's the light version. I apologize if I'm wrong about this...I will look it up after I eat my dinner. I know I didn't just make this up though.

ETA- I'm pretty sure I got my mini fishes confused, and it was anchovy paste that used to be in velveeta- though with a cursory check I can't find it anywhere. I'm fully willing to eat sh!t for incorrectly posting this. My Bad! I was due for a proper sh!t eating session anyway.
Edited by MoreBean13 On September 12, 2012 7:58 PM
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September 12, 2012 7:23 PM
I don't think the yellow is necessarily always a byproduct of artificial colors. Maybe in Kraft Singles it is, but I don't think that's the case for all yellow cheeses, like cheddars.

Just buy quality cheese, and read the ingredients. I really like gouda, havarti, provolone, and mozzarella.
September 12, 2012 7:26 PM
I love squeeze cheese. Not that it answers your question...but now it is stuck in my head.wink
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September 12, 2012 7:30 PM
QUOTE:

So my brother told me that yellow cheese is real cheese and that it isn't processed and that it's healthy for you. I told him that it's processed because a cow doesn't produce yellow cheese. So adding the food coloring which is processed, makes the cheese more unhealthy as it's more processed.

So which do you prefer, yellow cheese or white cheese? Which one is healthier and why?


1) If you're in America, something called "annatto" is often used to color cheese. It comes from a tropical tree. So yellow American has annatto whereas white American cheese does not. Not much of a difference in the nutritional values.

2) If you're in another country or from another country, white cheese often refers to feta cheeses and yellow refers to cheeses like kashkava or muenster.

3) All cheese is produced. And not all of the milk used to making cheese comes from cows. Some cheeses are made from goats milk, others from sheep's milk. The color of cheese (that has color but doesn't have annatto in it) is often determined by how the cheese is made. There are different processes that affect the color of the cheese, including the aging, curdling, and whether or not the cheese is exposed to specific types of bacteria.

And yeah, to someone else's point, if it's followed by the word "food" then it's not really cheese. Doesn't make it any less delicious, but it doesn't make it cheese either. :)
September 12, 2012 7:35 PM
as far as color goes - two equal cheeses, nutritionally but one yellow one white-I thought that the yellow in cheese was from annatto? which is originally a seed, I believe. but there is obviously differences in cheese no matter the color
September 12, 2012 7:46 PM
I am a deli mgr. and have taken training in world cheeses, cheesemaking techniques,history, etc. The yellow dye in cheese comes from annatto, which is a seed that is soaked to extract the color. It is a harmless, vegetable-based coloring and is used primarily for color appeal & visual differentiation. Cheesemaking is an art & by definition a process...for some reason "process" has a negative connotation, but even pasteurization of milk is a process. If you are referring to "fake" cheese, these are generally vegetable oil-based products with cheese solids added and will be labelled as "cheese food". Why eat fake stuff when you can have the real thing. Orange, yellow, or white, real cheese is made from milk (cow, goat, or sheep). And I enjoy all kinds (but in moderation)!
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September 12, 2012 7:50 PM
Here are the answers to why cheese comes in different colors. All you gotta do is Google stuff, people!

http://www.thekitchn.com/all-the-colors-of-the-rainbow-cheese-colors-explained-the-cheesemonger-166329
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September 12, 2012 7:54 PM
Uh, all cheese is processed, no matter what the color. Cheese doesn't come out of the cow, milk does. Most milk is processed too (homogenization, vitamin D added, etc.).
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