American cheese is one of the most commonly used cheeses on burgers. It is the favourite choice for many people who prefer the taste of this delicious yellow cheese. But have you ever wondered why the colour of American cheese slices is so different compared to a tasty cheese? While the cows are certainly not yellow, the cheeses taste just as sharp regardless of the colour. Is there any scientific reason for this duality in the colour of the cheese?

Every cheese has a different fat content depending on its colour and type, as seen in every cheese.

Yellow cheddar or American cheese is coloured with an all-natural vegetable food colouring called annatto; the achiote tree produces the seeds. Its yellowish-orange colour transforms the milk’s natural white colour into the yellowish-orange we see on cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, omelettes etc.

Although some cheeses are more yellow, such as American Cheese, because of this plant seed being used to make it look appealing, the colour of the cheese doesn’t matter health-wise. Regarding the difference in taste, yellow cheese will often offer a tangier flavour, while lighter coloured cheese offers a milder flavour.

American cheese slices are a prevalent form of these more yellow cheeses. They make burgers, and other dishes look much more appealing. Luckily, the yellow colour of cheese slices does not dictate the taste of a burger or dish, but sometimes it can be impacted by the quality of the cheese slices. High-quality cheese slices help hold the bun and patties together in a burger. While dishes with American cheese slices are more appealing to the eye, many sellers will offer these cheese slices because of the colour to make more sales. However, consumption of some artificial food colours may not initially affect your health, but they could lead to problems over time, especially if your consumption is off the charts.

This is why it is always advised to buy more natural cheese with less artificial ingredients rather than just based on visual appeal. The highest concentration of nutrients is found in cheese made from grass-fed animals’ milk, containing omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2. This is why you need to find cheese slices with the perfect mix of both great ingredients and visual appeal.

Pure Dairy’s passion is to offer cheeses of the finest quality to cheese lovers in Australia and worldwide. They offer the best cheese dishes, whether Hi Melt American burger cheese, Natural Cheddar slices, or Thin Slices. They also make Australia’s #1 selling American burger cheese, and a range of natural cheddar cheeses won top awards at the International Cheese and Dairy Awards.

The Pure Dairy Company manufactures a wide variety of high-quality dairy products, including burger cheeses, and they guarantee the best taste and quality. Using a nationwide network of wholesale distributors, they sell burger cheese slices around Australia. You can add any of these cheeses to your restaurant menu by contacting Pure Dairy, and they will provide you with the additional details.