I came across this great article from 100 Days of Real Food that was written in response to the question “If you avoid processed foods how is it that you’re still eating cheese (or cream cheese or sour cream or [insert dairy product here])? Isn’t cheese processed?”
Lisa Leake provides her personal ‘checklist’ of things she looks for when it comes to purchasing cheese, sour cream and yogurt. This list is a great guideline to keep in mind when purchasing your dairy. I, for one, have been buying the blocks of cheese mainly because it’s cheaper than shredded cheese, but now knowing that shredded cheese has an extra additive to keep it from sticking together (a not-awesome piece of knowledge that is new and disturbing to me) is definitely another great reason to stick to the block.
While organic may not always be available, Lisa’s list is a pretty great guideline to use when purchasing your dairy items or any food items for that matter. I particularly like her philosophy of choosing foods with the least amount of ingredients. “No matter what type of food you are buying I highly recommend to ALWAYS read the ingredients before making a purchase. Most of the time least processed = least number of ingredients (as long as those ingredients are whole of course).” —Lisa Leake