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5Jan/094

American What?

I need to rant.

What is the deal with American Cheese anyway?  I don't understand how people can call it cheese at all?  What's sad is that it is the type of "cheese" that many people in the U.S. were brought up on so they continue to buy it not even knowing that something that doesn't taste like processed pond scum is readily available.

According to Wikipeda Kraft Singles contain:

"milk, whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, salt, calcium phosphate, sodium citrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, sorbic acid as a preservative, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), enzymes, vitamin D3, cheese culture."

What is milk protein concentrate anyway and why does color need to be added?  What color would these things be if they didn't change it?

Velveeta is even better.  According to another Wikipeda article about Velveeta "In 2002, the FDA warned Kraft that Velveeta was being sold with packaging that described it as a 'pasteurized processed cheese food,' which the FDA claimed was false ('cheese food' must contain at least 51% cheese). Velveeta is now sold as a 'cheese product,' using a term for items that contain less than 51% cheese."

Cheese product?  Less than 51% cheese?  I sure am glad that the FDA has such standards as to ensure that something called cheese is more than half made of cheese.  It's no wonder that all you have to do to make a product sound substandard is to paste the word American on the front of it.  Are we that stupid?  What is the matter with real food anyway?

I'm done...for now.

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