A snack in its own right, the cheese slice also complements breads, burgers, pizzas, omelettes and what have you. It’s comfort food, all right. That cheese itself is a source of protein and calcium would make any variant of it seem to be a good ingredient for quick-fix meals while on the go. Keeping this factor in view, the following report analyses the information pertaining to these nutrients given on the label of six brands of cheese slices. We have also rated the fat, sugar and salt quantities as per traffic light colours to enable consumers to quickly decide if the product they are picking up fits in with their general ‘healthy food’ choices. The declared quantities for these by the brands may even make you rethink your choices.
We chose six popular brands of Cheese Slices to interpret the nutritional information given on their labels.
Key findings of Processed Cheese Slices
Energy, Protein and Calcium
- Energy value is highest in D’lecta (348 kcal per 100 gm) and lowest in Kraft (279 kcal per 100 gm).
- Consuming 100 gm of Kraft cheese slices by a man engaged in sedentary work means 12 per cent of his daily requirement of energy has been met.
- Protein value is highest in Amul (20 gm in 100 gm) and lowest in GO (14 gm in 100 gm).
- Consuming 100 gm of Amul cheese slices by a man means one-third (33.3 per cent) of his daily requirement of protein has been met.
- While declaration of calcium on the label is not mandatory as per Indian law, it has been declared by Britannia, GO, Kraft and Mother Dairy. This is a consumer-friendly step on the part of these brands.
- Among the brands that have declared their calcium content, it is highest in Kraft (1,200 mg in 100 gm) and lowest in Mother Dairy (500 mg in 100 gm).
- Consuming 100 gm of GO cheese slices by a man means 100 per cent of his daily requirement of calcium has been met. Even consumption of 50 gm of Kraft cheese slices means one has met 100 per cent of the daily requirement of calcium.
The test was published in September 2018.