The last thing anyone would ever think of when purchasing cheese is pulp from wood. But it happens because many cheeses contain cellulose powder. Cellulose powder is found in most shredded cheese and is a fiber that isn’t digestible and is actually wood pulp.
Cellulose powder is added to packages of shredded cheese to absorb the moisture in the cheese, keep the shreds from sticking together or clumping as well as extending its shelf life.
To prevent consuming wood pulp and extra additives it is best to purchase cheese in blocks or chunks. Shredding, grating or crumbling the cheese at home is a lot healthier since it locks in all the micronutrients your body needs.
Although cheese isn’t genetically modified it is modified in a different way. The addition of cellulose powder modifies the cheese to prevent it from being too wet while making it last longer.
So if you love cheese and want to eat healthier purchase cheese in its natural state by buying chunks or blocks of cheese and use a cheese grater or food processor to shred, grate or crumble it when it is needed. Doing this, will make the cheese you eat digestible and much better for your health.
Say cheese to your cheese!
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