I love cheese but I definitely think it is something to be enjoyed in moderation. While it is high in calories there are a lot of valuable nutrients like calcium, Vitamin A, zinc, etc. The calories can be put to good use so that doesn't bother me as much as the fact that cheese is generally a heavily processed food and I am a believer in eating food as close to the source as possible.
That said when I do buy cheese I never buy pre-crumbled or pre-shredded cheese and here are the reasons:
- It's a waste of money. Buying a block of cheese gives you way more bang for your buck! I find that a block of cheese is half the price and yields 2 to 3 times more cheese than pre-shredded or pre-crumbled. Don't get ripped off!
- When a cheese is pre-shredded or pre-crumbled certain ingredients are added to keep the cheese from "caking" or sticking together. These ingredients are usually things like powdered cellulose, calcium carbonate and/or starch. These ingredients are considered "naturally occurring." PS - everything starts out as a "naturally occurring" substance, and then it gets altered. Bottom line, even if these ingredients were once natural they have been altered from their natural state in order to keep your cheese looking pretty for a long time after being crumbled or shredded. Which leads to you ingesting these ingredients for no good reason. It's one more thing that your body does not need and cannot make use of so why eat it?
"It's good to be Bad"... not Lazy!