SUMMARY: Hey… listen up! You want to get SCD Cheese right because it is loaded with Nutrients & Beneficial Bacteria! Even veteran SCD consumers can get SCD cheese wrong, and that is what this post discusses — how to make certain your cheese is SCD legal! For an example of how easy it is to screw up cheese ingredients, I revised my last post SCD Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cheese, Seasoned Bread Crumbs recipe because the cheese I called out wasn’t SCD legal! At the time, I recommended Organic Valley Unprocessed American Singles Colby-Style Cheese slices with caution since I did not have a letter from Organic Valley explaining processing. WELL… I do now and it isn’t good!!! Ends up, that cheese is not SCD legal after-all because it is “not aged at all and is packaged soon after production“ (Organic Valley, dated Nov. 7, 2016). So while the ingredients listed are SCD legal, the deal breaker is in the processing. The lack of aging makes it not SCD legal because lactose (milk sugar) is not broken down in its cheese fermentation process. That’s a big deal for lots of folks. ALL healing diets (SCD, GAPS, PALEO, AIP, FODMAP…) initially eliminate lactose because most inflamed guts can not digest lactose! Actually, the lactase enzyme in our gut (which breaks down lactose) is the last to return to normal after the gut has healed (page 25, Breaking the Vicious Cycle (BTVC), Edition 13, 2010). This post also explains why eating lactose-free cheese is important (if you tolerate the casein protein). Cheese contains a whopping 10,000,000,000 or 10 billion MICROBES, and it seems they survive the gut transit ride and beneficially impact your microbiome diversity + richness… all good immune boosting stuff!