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drl

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I'm having a argument with someone on this..... Is there cheese in some form or the other in cream cheese??
 

drl

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Thank you!! I said that there was cheese in a cream cheese cake and she said no it's not cheese its cream cheese, and I said thats still cheese and she said no it's not.
 

Andy M.

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Cream cheese is cheese. It's a fresh cheese (not aged) similar to the French Neufchatel. In fact, it was "invented" in the USA by someone trying to create French Neufchatel.

Cream cheese has a higher fat content than Neufchatel. If you check out a package of Philadelphia brand 1/3 less fat cream cheese, you'll see that it's labeled as Neufchatel.
 

Michael in FtW

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If the milk forms a curd and you're eating the curds, you're eating cheese!

Yep - cream cheese is cheese - just not as hard, processed or aged as other cheeses.
 

norgeskog

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Andy M. said:
Cream cheese is cheese. It's a fresh cheese (not aged) similar to the French Neufchatel. In fact, it was "invented" in the USA by someone trying to create French Neufchatel.

Cream cheese has a higher fat content than Neufchatel. If you check out a package of Philadelphia brand 1/3 less fat cream cheese, you'll see that it's labeled as Neufchatel.

personally andy m, i only buy neufchatel, i much prefer the flavor and texture and the lower fat and calories is a plus.
 

Andy M.

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norgeskog:

I switched to the neufchatel as a weight control measure. It's not as tasty (IMO) as real cream cheese with a bagel and lox, but it's not awful.

Andy M.
 

tj

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I think that cream cheese has less fat than butter and since neufchatel has 1/3 less fat than cream cheese, I have used it as a butter substitute on toast, etc. Add just a little bit of preserves, etc. and it is not bad.
 
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