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Healthy cheese? Raw only? For mac & cheese for son

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I have learned that raw milk is the only kind that gives you health benefits, but what about cheese?  Is pasteurized cheese bad for you?  I have been avoiding purchasing cheese, because I don't know but am guessing pasteurized isn't good.  But--my son has been begging me to make macaroni and cheese for quite some time now.  What should I do?  

 

If there is a pasteurized cheese that's Ok to use, if so which one is the bettter, healthier choice.  I shop at whole foods.  If I need to buy raw cheese, do they even sell it?

 

Also, if I heat up raw cheese does it lose it's benefits anyway?  I need it for mac and cheese for my son, who keeps begging for that.  What should I do?  How do I make macaroni and cheese for my son but not give him something unhealthy?

 

I appreciate your advise on this.

post #2 of 8

Legally, all cheese sold in stores must be pasteurized.  Cheese is made from pasterized milk so would be similar healthwise, I imagine.  There are cultured cheese products which may be more appealing to you.  You may have better luck finding raw cheese at a farmer's market.

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Also, if I heat up raw cheese does it lose it's benefits anyway? 

 

i have this same question...  havent found a clear answer yet...

post #4 of 8

not all cheese in stores must be pasturized, at least not everywhere if it is aged over 60 days then it can be raw, I buy raw cheddar(heated to culture temp not pasturize temp) all the time, it's my "I didn't smack anybody at work today" treat, but yes in theory you would be heating away any remaining benifits so in that respect pasturized cheese might not be so terrible, because the nutritional end result would be similar.

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Originally Posted by pokeyAC View Post

Legally, all cheese sold in stores must be pasteurized.  Cheese is made from pasterized milk so would be similar healthwise, I imagine.  There are cultured cheese products which may be more appealing to you.  You may have better luck finding raw cheese at a farmer's market.

Not where I live. In our local health food store we can buy raw cheddar and a whole assortment of other raw cheeses. They just have to be aged a certain amount of time. 

post #6 of 8

Thanks Ladies for correcting me.  It does seem that laws vary by state and that aging matters.  I was thinking of an article I read once talking about how amazing French camembert is and how depressed the author was because he couldn't buy it here because of the laws about cheeses made from raw milk.  Perhaps laws are tougher for imports.   

post #7 of 8

In my state it's very expensive at the farmer's markets but Trader Joes and Whole Foods both sell grass fedd raw chesses (esp cheddar).

 

The only thing I have found about using non-raw cheese and yoghurt was in Nourishing Traditions that said to look for ones that were not homogenized when you need to heat. It's a very small sentence - I believe in the money or time saving appendixes. Only butter seems to retain some of it's vitamins (like K) from what I have been able to find.

post #8 of 8
Ive bought raw cheese at whole foods before. You can go up to the cheese counter and tell them your looking for raw cheese and they will show you where its at. BUT if you heat it up then it looses all its good stuff.
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