“Although cheese contributes less than 8% of the sodium to the American diet, cheese manufacturers and brands have been proactively innovating products to meet consumer’s health and wellness needs.”
This does not reassure me. This scares me. Our health and wellness needs, as it relates to food, are not going to be found in the laboratory. This seems to all be part of the “healthy school lunch” initiative which has a new, very aggressive stance on reducing sodium, in spite of poor evidence that reducing sodium will help. (One recent study even showed that those who ate the most sodium had the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease and death…)
Some “cheese food product” added to a processed packet of calorie, fat and sugar (and now salt)- controlled meal will not help our children become competent eaters.
Kids deserve better food, fresh food, with variety and flavor and the time to eat it as well. This is another case of reaching for the low-hanging, and in my opinion rotten, fruit.