No More Processed Cheese

Written By: Gloria Tsang, RD

Title: Founding Registered Dietitian

Alumni: University of British Columbia

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Healthy Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese sandwich may be America’s all-time favorite comfort food. For most of us, grilled cheese brings back fond childhood memories. So let’s stop making it with chemical-laden processed cheese, and start adding some wholesome goodness to this kid-friendly staple.

Kraft Cheese Slices

Organic Natural Cheddar Cheese

Check out the following table for the comparison between processed cheese and natural cheese:

Cheese Slices

Organic Natural
Cheddar Cheese

Serving Size:
1 slice (21 g) 1 slice (21 g)
60 kcal 84 kcal
3 g 5.6 g
4.0 g 7 g
Trans Fat:
0.1 g 0.2 g
2 g 0 g
350 mg 133 mg
8% 14%
Preparation time:
Prep : 0 mins Prep: 2 mins (cutting from the cheese block)
Price per serving:
$0.20 $0.57
Modified milk ingredients, cheese (milk, modified milk ingredients, salt, bacterial culture, microbial enzymes, calcium chloride, color, lipase), water, sodium citrate, salt, sodium phosphates, maltodextrin, carrageenan, cellulose gum, lactic acid, citric acid, color, sorbic acid, may contain: sodium alginate, ground mustard, spice and corn starch. Organic milk, bacterial cultures, salt, enzymes.

How Did the Two Stack Up?

The amount of chemicals and preservatives in processed cheese is shocking. It’s generally acceptable to have some seasonings in cheese. But if you notice colorings and chemical-sounding ingredients like sodium alginate, you should question what exactly you are eating. Natural cheese also contains more protein and calcium, and a lot less sodium.

We purchased an organic cheese for this testing, so the price is significantly higher than the Kraft cheese slices. But you don’t always need to go organic to find nature – brands like Cabot also carry natural cheeses with simple ingredient lists and no added colorings.

The Bottom Line

Don’t spoil your all-time favorites with chemicals. Try natural cheese – it doesn’t really take that much longer to cut it up. And it actually tastes better!

Our Homemade Recipe


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • Sliced natural cheese (enough to cover your bread)


  1. Heat vegetable oil or butter in your pan. Put cheese between 2 pieces of bread. Grill one side until golden. Flip to the other side. Continue until cheese melts.

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