Key ingredients for a turkey wrap: tortilla, turkey, CHEESE, spinach, mustard, mayo.
I give The Boy credit for not complaining when all he can find in my fridge for lunch are sandwich making foods. However, you guys should have seen his face when he realized the only cheese I had was Kraft cheese slices :) After rolling my eyes at his mini-lecture on my cheese eating habits, I started researching and was surprised at what I found.
Kraft Singles full name is actually Kraft Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product and it contains less than 51% cheese. The other 49% consists of “other ingredients.” The ingredients aren't necessarily “bad” ingredients…you should just be aware that you’re not eating natural cheese. You can see the entire list of ingredients in processed cheese here.
Looking at the side-by-side comparison almost made me sick to my stomach. Just so we all in the same boat: Processed cheese is heated to 180 degrees (striping it of most of its natural flavor), cooked with steam, and turned into a liquid. Then it’s pumped through machinery to be rolled out into slices and wrapped in plastic. Also – some processed cheeses can sit on store shelves for months before being sold.
Needless to say, last weekend at Giant Eagle, I stocked up on all-natural sliced cheese. Not only did it greatly enhance the flavor of my turkey wrap, but I feel like a
grownup informed consumer knowing what I’m eating.
|Both of these came from my fridge. I think it's pretty clear which is which and which one you'd rather eat!|
PS – Did you know that the average American eats 30 pounds of cheese annually? Seems a little low to me...I eat at least 300 pounds of cheese annually!
Do you love cheese as much as I do?
What are your Top 3 favorite cheeses?
Does learning about food change your eating habits?