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First off, avoid American singles (or slices). These individually wrapped cheese slices can barely even be classified as cheese! Instead, they are considered a “cheese product”. These cheese slices contain modified food starch, whey concentrate, calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, sodium phosphate, and sorbic acid. Instead, stick to cheeses with only one ingredient–the cheese! These cheeses will have <1g net carb in one serving. Heavily processed cheese, like American singles, has two to three grams of carbs in just one slice and should be avoided on a keto diet. Melting Cheese & Cheese DipVelveeta and other similar block cheeses are the “I can’t believe it’s not butter” of cheeses. They are advertised as a healthier alternative, but they are actually significantly worse for you! These cheeses, similar to butter alternatives, add vegetable oil or canola oil to add the claim that they contain less fat than regular cheese. This type of cheese should definitely be avoided on a keto diet. Velveeta has some carbsThese are all of the ingredients in Velveeta Block Melting Cheese:SKIM MILK, MILK, CANOLA OIL, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SODIUM
PHOSPHATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MALTODEXTRIN, WHEY, SALT, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC
ACID, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, MILKFAT, SODIUM ALGINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, ENZYMES, APOCAROTENAL AND ANNATTO (COLOR), CHEESE CULTURE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE. Don’t be fooled by claims like “50% fewer calories” and “less fat than cheddar cheese”. Processed, block melting cheeses are certainly not healthier than regular cheese (even if they do have fewer calories).