Cheddar Cheese isn’t naturally orange – find out why that matters!

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Recently I purchased some organic extra-sharp cheddar cheese and observed something unusual about it – IT WASN’T ORANGE!  It looked very similar in color to Mozzarella cheese. This piqued my curiosity, so the next time I went to the store, I read the ingredients on a package of non-organic cheddar cheese.  The ingredient list included “annatto”.  I looked this up and found it was a “natural” food coloring, and at first felt relieved.  However, I kept reading and found this “natural” food coloring has some “not-so-natural” side effects, including being linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Behavioral problems in children.  As you know, I am a proponent of eating naturally and organically, but this was a good reminder to all of us that EVEN NATURAL SUBSTANCES CAN HAVE ADVERSE REACTIONS.   So be observant, read labels, and don’t discount that a natural ingredient could be the culprit to some un-natural symptoms!

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