❁ Some cheeses are made with mold that is safe to eat (Brie, Camembert or blue cheese). Mold that is not part of the cheese-making process can cause illness. If you see mold on sliced, shredded, crumbled or soft cheese, throw away all of the cheese. On firm cheeses, like Cheddar or Swiss, cut away at least an inch around and under the mold you can see. The remaining cheese is safe to eat.
❁ Processed cheeses (American cheese, cheese spreads) are made of natural cheeses mixed with other ingredients.
❁ You can choose cheese with fewer calories from fat. Reduced fat cheese has 25% less fat than the original natural cheese. Low fat cheese has no more than 3 grams of fat per ounce. They may taste and cook differently than the original natural cheese.
❁ Non-dairy cheeses made with soy or nuts are available but may not taste or cook the same as dairy cheese. They may also contain different nutrients.