The 4 Worst Cheeses for Belly Fat, Science Says: Eat This, Not That

This may sound cheesy, but cheese is delicious. There are so many types to choose from, and different varieties of it. You can add it to your dishes, make recipes with it, or just eat it sliced. Unfortunately, like most delicious foods, you need to eat cheese in moderation, or else you could suffer some consequences on your body, such as belly fat.

Besides eating cheese with self-control, certain cheeses are worse than others. If you’re watching your weight, cheese can play an important role in your diet. However, it depends on the cheeses you eat. Selecting types to eat may sound complicated if you are a lover of all things cheese. How do you know which cheeses to avoid? If you’re trying to avoid belly fat, experts suggest staying away from processed cheeses.

According to Today’s medical news, Processed cheeses are cheeses made from natural matter. However, they are crushed and heated to a liquefied substance of protein, water, and oil. It is then mixed with emulsifying salts, salts normally found in processed cheese, to create a solid mixture of oil-in-water liquids. These blends are used to create cheeses that solidify and essentially have a longer shelf life.

According to the American Heart Association, it is suggested to eat three servings of cheese a day. One serving is 1.5 ounces, so you can eat about 4.5 servings a day. Eating a ton of processed cheese could push you over the limit for the day. This is because processed cheeses can have tons of extra sodium and be high in fat and calories, leading to weight gain and essentially belly fat.

To help you decide which cheeses to go for on your next shopping spree, we’ve come up with some highly processed cheeses. Then for more on weight gain, check out The Best Coffee Creamers For Belly Fat – Ranked!

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According to an article published by The Huffington PostThere was a time when people tried to promote Cheez Whiz as a “healthy” artificial cheese spread. This is because Whiz contains an ingredient called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is found naturally in meat and dairy products. It has been shown to help burn fat and build muscle.

The article states that the CLA in Cheez Whiz likely comes from its ingredients, which are cheese culture, canola oil, and protein concentrate. However, that doesn’t make up for the unhealthy ingredients, including modified starch, corn syrup, sorbic acid, and added color.

If you’re looking to get your CLA intake, try consuming whole meat and/or dairy products, which are found naturally and not through processed cheese.

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We’re talking about the individual cheeses that come individually wrapped and that you can probably store in the back of your fridge for months without getting moldy.

The FDA classifies adding the “cheese” label to processed cheeses if the product is made with at least 51% real cheese. Therefore, certain individual pre-packaged cheeses could survive in this category. The product is not made with real cheese if you see the package labeled “cheese food” or “cheese product.”

To figure out which cheese to buy versus another, be sure to look for a “true cheese” rather than a “cheese product.” You’ll also want to make sure the ingredient list is short and sweet. The more ingredients you see, the more product and unnatural the cheese is.

Likewise, you’ll also want to make sure these cheese slices are low in fat and sodium. If a single cheese says it’s low-fat, double-check the ingredients. If you have things like corn syrup solids and gelatin, don’t buy it.

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Although it’s literally in the title, there’s technically no such thing as real as nacho cheese. According to Bloomberg, the USDA will not define nacho cheese, therefore it will not classify it as a cheese. Each company that creates nacho cheese sauces and/or nacho-flavored snacks uses a different recipe and combination of cheeses. It can be blends of cheddar, Romano, blue cheese…whatever your recipe calls for.

Is a mystery cheese your best option? No. If you see the jars and cans stored on non-refrigerated shelves, it sounds like you are going against the real cheese. While it’s delicious and makes a great topping for French fries, with all the processed ingredients that go into it, you’re putting massive amounts of fat and sodium into your body.

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Think whipped cream in a can, but make it with cheese. A fun product to easily drizzle on top of crackers (or right in your mouth), it’s an easy way to eat delicious cheese. Easy Cheese is the most popular brand, although few brands make canned cheese. In fact, it’s easy, but you face the consequences of processed cheese.

High in sodium, this cheese comes with plenty of unnatural ingredients to maintain its shelf life. The cheese is pasteurized, which means it does not require refrigeration (even after opening). If you’re looking to lose belly fat, stay away from the can and head to the cheese aisle in the refrigerated section.

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Kayla Garritano is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That! She is a graduate of Hofstra University, where she majored in Journalism and double majored in Marketing and Creative Writing. read more

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