Cream cheese developed in the late 19th century by a dairyman from New York. This type of cheese was first introduced under the brand name ‘Philadelphia Brand®’ which was later sold to Kraft foods; this brand remains very famous in US. Cream cheese is a mixture of cream and skimmed milk and has at least 33 percent fat. It is famous as a topping for bagels, crackers and toasts. Cream cheese is unripened and has a long shelf life; this type of cheese does not go through any maturing process. Over the years, low fat and non fat versions of cream cheese have been introduced and are readily available in the market.
Cream Cheese Nutrition Facts
1 tablespoon of Cream cheese has different nutrients. Cream cheese has 5g of fat which fulfills 8 percent of the daily requirement; 3.1g of the total fat is saturated fat. Cream cheese also has 21 calories and 16mg of cholesterol. Cream cheese is also rich in minerals like Potassium, Iron and Calcium. It fulfills 1 percent of the daily Iron and Calcium requirement. Cream cheese also has 1.09g of protein, which is an essential nutrient. It also fulfills 4 percent of the daily Vitamin A requirement.
Cream Cheese Health Benefits
Cream cheese is a soft cheese spread that contains fats, particularly saturated fat, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good for everyone. Kids require fats to some extent as a dense energy source, to fulfill their demanding caloric requirements. You can add cream cheese to your toddler’s food to make it more nutritious and tasty. Even toddler’s who are not able to gain appropriate weight due to any given reason, their parents could add cream cheese in their steamed mashed veggies which will help increase the total calories of the meal.
Possible Ways To Enjoy Cream Cheese
There are many ways through which you can enjoy this delicious cheese. The ever-favorite way to enjoy cream cheese is with toast! Cream cheese can also be used to make Oreo cream pie, this dessert has a chocolate filling with cream cheese and crushed Oreo! Cream cheese can also be used for stuffing crescent rolls; these rolls taste amazing along with a steak.
Who doesn’t love a delicious fruit turnover? You could a fruit turnover more interesting and delicious by adding cream cheese, to enhance the taste. You can also use cream cheese to make amazing chocolate and cheese cups; this is one dessert that no kid can avoid. There are also other recipes which involve using cream cheese such as roast beef sandwich, chocolate peanut butter pizza and Cheesecake. Sure does sound tempting!
Health Concerns for Cream Cheese
We already discussed that cream cheese is rich in various nutrients. However, cream cheese also has a large amount of saturated fats. These saturated fats hamper the smooth functioning of the cardiovascular system causing diseases such as heart attack.