How many of you grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid, opening that plastic-like cheese out of the plastic it came in with udder delight to get your cheese sandwich fix? Not only are cheese slices no longer allowed to be called real cheese, they’re now called cheese ‘products’ due to all the chemicals and additives they’re made with to help them hold up better. Regardless of their title change, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has actually deemed them as one of the proper sources of calcium for children! They’re now given the “Kids Eat Right label, which is to show consumers what products at the store are healthy for children to eat to get proper nutrients in.
Not only is cheese pretty much one of the most addicting substances in our food supply, it’s also one of the least unhealthy. Those fancy packages may look healthy, but when you understand how cheese is made and how highly processed cheese ‘products’ are, we bet they’re not something you’d be recommending for any child you know!
Any food with that number of ingredients should not be deemed a food, especially when it contains dairy lactose, known to cause allergic reactions in many people, and milk in any form which poses tons of health risks including mood swings, hormonal changes, and even cancer. Dairy is acidic and inflammatory. If one is sick, having dairy, will only make things harder to recover and maybe ever worse.
But this comes as no surprise – one of the largest supporters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is … you guessed it – the dairy industry. They’re a large reason why the food pyramid recommends dairy as a source of calcium for children and why these ‘products’ are still recommended to children everywhere. While it may be a simple trade of the food industry, it’s misleading and downright wrong to let organizations influence such labels on highly processed foods like commercial cheese products.
Better Sources of Calcium for Children
For all of us, children included, our answer to #calcium intake & strong bones is not found in a #cheese ‘product”. It’s found through plants. Collard greens, dried figs, Swiss chard, kale, spinach, oranges, almonds, tofu & more.