Are the Ingredients in Cheez Whiz as Healthy as Real Cheese?

Cheez Whiz is a handy cheese sauce

With the exception of Limburger cheese, I like all cheese. I have read comments that Cheez Whiz is all artificial. It is a cheese sauce and that is what it is, not meant to be cheese... but, Cheez Whiz does contain cheddar cheese!

What does cheese sauce contain?

Look up any recipe and you find grated cheese is added to a mix of milk, flour and fat in different proportions according to taste with the addition of various spices... That isn't plastic! Cheez Whiz is a great cheese flavored sauce made with cheddar cheese in Canada (can't speak for the versions from other countries)

So there you have it. I am pleased to think, one of my childhood favorites, may also be relatively healthy to eat...but let's not call it a health food just yet!

Just to make life interesting I have included a poll for all of us to determine how popular Cheez Whiz is.

It has been showing that only 25% of readers "hate" Cheez Whiz.

I say, so far most people dip into that familiar jar, once in a while ( I know I do)!


Do You Love or Hate Cheez Whiz?

Love or Hate Cheez Whiz regardless or whether it is good for you or not?

See results without voting
The " informal Poll" below show that Cheez Whiz is enjoyed by the majority of voters!
The " informal Poll" below show that Cheez Whiz is enjoyed by the majority of voters!

Facts:

Cheez Whiz comes into its own:

  • Canadian Cheez Whiz is made from real Canadian Cheddar!
  • Cheez Whiz is a processed cheese sauce created in 1953 by Kraft Foods.
  • Two tablespoons give you 10% of your daily intake of calcium
  • Cheez Whiz has 60 to 90 calories per tablespoon depending if you get the low fat or regular
  • Cheeze Whiz has 54% less fat than Kraft medium cheddar cheese
  • Cheeze Whiz is the best dairy source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)is still being studied and more research is needed to determine if the touted health benefits to humans are genuine. However, it pays to be aware of the possible health benefits and keeping up with breaking news.


So Cheez Whiz does have some advantages over cheddar cheese. Now it may not compete on flavor, but if you have to restrict cheese in your diet and you have an urge for cheese, the Canadian version is better than no cheese at all!


Quick Recipes for Cheez Whiz (recipes below)

Before we get to the ingredients list; here are some recipes for the Cheez Whiz lovers!

It appears more than half the world loves Cheez Whiz ; an additional one quarter like it now and then. Hey, that is not bad! That is three quarters of the people polled on this Hub! Wow.

So here are a few quick and simple recipes with to vary the Cheez Whiz experience!

One sure to please is grilled cheese with Campbell's tomato soup. Make soup as per instructions on the can and while it is warming make the grilled cheese...

Another treat is a sort of pizza-like treat quickly made under a broiler (less than 5 minutes)

Finally a French Canadian version made with real bacon


Three Quick Recipes:

My Favorite Grilled Cheese:

  • 2 slices of white bread (whole wheat isn't as crispy)
  • Cheez Whiz
  • Margarine

Method: preheat fry pan to medium heat

  1. First butter the "outside" of one slice of bread with margarine.
  2. Place the buttered slice in a preheated fry pan "margarine side down".
  3. Add as much Cheez Whiz to the second slice as you like,
  4. Place the second slice on the first," Cheez Whiz side down".
  5. Spread margarine on the top slice
  6. Fry until golden brown and crispy all over surface.
  7. Flip over and fry golden brown and crispy!

Done!


Quick Cheese Whiz snacks:

Soft white buns work the best for these but white bread slices are good as well

for each bun:

  • one sliced bun
  • Cheez Whiz
  • sliced olives (green or black)
  • bacon bits
  • sundried tomatoes (optional)

Method:

  1. Put sliced buns sliced side up under broiler or in toaster oven: crisp and brown ( this takes only seconds so watch)
  2. Take out buns and cool slightly
  3. Spread with Cheez Whiz (note a thin layer works best for crispy results)
  4. top with sliced olives and bacon bits
  5. Watch carefully once again as you broil. just enough to see the Cheez Whiz is bubbling...remove.

Yummy crisp treats ...not too bad for your figure either!


French Canadian Bacon Cheez Whiz Sandwich

  • 2 slices of bacon for each sandwich (pre-fried)
  • one slice of toasted white bread for each sandwich
  • Cheez Whiz to taste
  • Maple syrup or Pancake syrup

Method:

  1. Heat broiler on toaster oven or regular broiler
  2. Fry two strips of bacon for each slice of bread (fairly crisp but leave a little to crisp later)
  3. Blot excess fat off bacon between two paper towels
  4. Toast white bread in toaster
  5. Spread with Cheez Whiz as thick as you like
  6. top with prefried bacon strips
  7. drizzle with maple or pancake syrup
  8. Broil until Cheez Whiz begins to brown

Bet you can't just eat one...but this one has fat and calories!



Cheez Whiz ingredients create different tastes

Researching the ingredients in Cheez Whiz and reading comments, I discovered the taste is different in the States compared to Canada. There definitely is a difference in taste when one compares the ingredient lists below. I would guess, the American version is spicier and possibly sweet; while the Canadian version is milder and perhaps has a less complicated taste. I know that from my own experience, I taste cheese, very mild spice and no hint of sweetness!


Canadian Ingredients,(jar in my own cupboard) Cheez Whiz Original (75 calories per 2 Tblspn): Modified milk ingredients, cheese (modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride,color,rennet and or microbial enzymes) water,maltodexrin, sodium phosphates, salt,sodium alginate,ground mustard,spice, colour, sorbic acid, lactic acid

Canadian Ingredients,(jar in my own cupboard) Cheez Whiz light 36% less fat than regular Cheez Whiz: Modified milk ingredients, cheese (modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzymes, lipase) water, sodium phosphates,maltodexrin,salt, lactic acid,sodium alginate,spice, colour, sorbic acid, ground mustard


USA ingredients (from web)
Ingredients: Whey, canola oil, milk protein concentrate, maltodextrin, sodium phosphate, contains less than 2% of whey protein concentrate, salt, lactic acid, sodium alginate, mustard flour, worchestershire sauce, (vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor), sorbic acid as a preservative, milkfat, cheese culture, oleoresin paprika (color), annatto (color), natural flavor, enzymes.


How is Cheez Whiz Made?

Below is listed the site where I came upon the information on how Cheez Whiz is made:

References:

Now for all those that want more information visit this site:http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2000-10/972965117.Ch.r.html


Comments 20 comments

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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Wow. Canadian Cheez Whiz is my choice! Had no idea of the vast differences between the USA and Canadian versions. Great hub!

K9


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi K9Keystrokes! Judging from the ingredient list that I found, on the web, the American version has sugar, worchesterchire sauce and garlic powder which are not in the Canadian version. I would think all those strong flavours make a huge dif!

I think Kraft should market a Canadian Cheez Whiz as a test. Bet it would sell and all the Canadian Snowbirds wintering over would love it!


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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

excellent info about cheez whiz!!! i'veused it in enchiladas ... very creamy!!!

love this!!


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi marisuewrites! Glad you liked the info. Ever since I heard Cheez Whiz might actually be good for you, in a news article I didn't follow through on, I have been intrigued...

Now I know at the very least that there is calcium and

less fat than cheese, so it will remain a "must have" in my cupboard!

Thanks for posting!


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leatherfootball 6 years ago

Very misconstrued hub. Regular cheese has always been better and more wholesome for the body. Not only does Cheez Whiz carry many preservatives and chemicals (a.k.a. sodium alginate and sorbic acid) it also has corn syrup in it, which is detrimental to your health.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I love cheese whiz but was always afraid it was kind of fake. Now I feel better.


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

leatherfootball Thank you for your critique.

It is appreciated...as you can see I posted the ingredients for everyone to make their own conclusions.

Some of the ingredients you mentioned sodium alginate: is made from seaweed and sorbic acid was originally isolated from rowanberries,it prevents the growth of mold yeast and fungi.

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?/topic/86839-adventures-with-sodium-alginate/

I also found chemicals used in real cheese: Calcium chloride,nitrates, decolourants(...so buyer beware and check the list of ingredients. Check the link below.

http://www.foodsci.uoguelph.ca/cheese/sectiona.htm

I always thought Cheese Whiz was particularly unhealthy and at the moment, studies have shown it's status as junk food is slightly elevated :)

Thanks for posting!


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi breakfastpop I thought Cheez Whiz had no redeeming value either and hey, it's a processed cheese or cheese sauce...but I like it and always have it in the cupboard for a cheese taste if the real thing isn't around.

As we well know, any prepared foods have a host of chemicals in them...but Cheez Whiz seems to at least have less fat than the real thing and more CLA (if) the studies prove conclusively that it is good for you!

That is a good thing for me watching weight and loving cheese!

Thanks for dropping by!


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leatherfootball 6 years ago

Scribenet, I appreciated the link. It was very interesting. I suppose some lower quality cheeses may contain chemicals and cheez whiz could be more healthier than those. But I must say that I still believe a fresh cheese from my local farmers' market would be the healthiest.


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

leatherfootball, Thank you for your comments on the links! I am with you on the local farmers' market...I think organic and local is better by far... for all our foods!

Welcome to HubPages and keep commenting! I look forward to reading more of your writing...I am following you :)


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amchomemaker 6 years ago

I love cheese as well. Cheese makes everything better. I put cheese on vegetables. However, I didn't know you could put in on grilled cheese sandwiches. I am going to try that


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi amchomemaker! My mom only made grilled cheese with Cheez Whiz and as kids we loved it...crisp on top, nice and gooey in the middle...and I still make it! Thank you for dropping by!


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Thanks for sharing this informative hub! See you around! =)


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi DjBryle! Thanks for stopping by!


anonymous 5 years ago

idiots. cheez whiz is almost plastic. like margerine. it's why they call it "processed" because it has been "processed," processed means a systematic series of mechanized or chemical operations that are performed in order to produce or manufacture something. they are making unnatural. They say that it's made WITH real canadian chedder, but it's not made OF real canadian chedder.


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi anonymous:

Cellulose is a plastic in food products, but it is not in the "Cheez Whiz ingredient list"! But it is found in ice-cream! That cellulose would be plant based...though probably not good for you... not to mention the fat content; but we ALL eat ice cream! Might be surprising what other foods it shows up in.

Cheez Whiz is a "spread"...not cheese, even though "real" cheese is used in it's manufacture. The "modified milk ingredients are also used in cheap cheeses and the emulsifiers are used in a whole lot of other foods to thicken. Not saying it is a health food, but probably no better, no worse than cheap cheese and a lot of prepared foods!

Organic is the way to go if you do not want additives,because additives are in almost every food!

However, this Hub isn't about organic food!

Discussion and opinions are always welcome...so if you want discussion and to be heard... please refrain from using belittling terms...like "idiots". It adds nothing to the subject.

BTW, "margerine" is spelled margarine, "chedder" is spelled cheddar. ;>)

Thank you for your comments, you are quite welcome to your opinions!...and yes over processing is a problem with manufactured foods!

Cheers!


julia 5 years ago

ewww cheez wihz is the most discusting gloop ever ;P


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hey Julia...you are among the 26% that hate Cheez Whiz...52% love it and 22% like it now and then... we are all different!

(according to my informal poll above)

Thanks for commenting...Cheers!


Ashley 4 years ago

GAH! Cheez Whiz is NOT healthier than real cheese. You're adding processed food, corn syrup derivatives and other things to your diet instead of dairy?!!! No, NO! Just because the calories and fat are less doesn't make it good for you. Eat a little cheese and enjoy it, enjoy the fact it's not going to kill you with chemicals and leave cheez whiz on the shelf!


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LOL Ashley...You are probably right, but there are those of us who like cheese in all it's different forms.

Thanks for commenting and enjoy your "real" cheese!

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