Recent concerns surrounding GMO, MSG, Aspartame, and other potential garbage in our food has had me looking a little more closely at food labels.
Today while shopping I picked up I container labeled Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese.
The label gives even more detail: The label doesn’t just say parmesan, it says 100% parmesan. That’s because we only use the finest ingredients, carefully crafted and aged for a sharp, distinctive taste that enhances your favorite dishes — a taste that’s 100 real, 100% parmesan. Below is a scanned graphic of the actual label.
Kraft is a brand well known for quality. Or so I thought. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredient list. Rotated and enlarged for your convenience.
Ingredients: parmesan cheese (milk, bacterial culture, salt, lipase, microbial enzyme, calcium chloride), cellulose powder, potassium sorbate. May contain modified milk ingredients. (A061l) contains: milk.
- Parmesan cheese contains milk, bacterial culture, and so on. Looks good so far.
- Cellulose powder is also known as food grade wood pulp. Huh? In at least three places the label reads, 100% Parmesan.
- Potassium sorbate is a food preservative. Whether it is healthy or not is a story for another blog post.
- May contain modified milk ingredients. This may be another way to label MSG.
The fact food grade wood pulp is found in this product means it is not 100% parmesan cheese as the label suggests. Kraft Canada has a label that is just a little bit misleading, don’t you think?.