There are many types of unprocessed cheeses, such as Swiss, Havarti, Gruyere, Stilton, Provolone, Parmesan and Gouda. However, all cheeses can be processed. Customers should read the ingredient label to known if the cheese has been processed.
Unprocessed cheese is cheese in its natural form without the addition of emulsifiers or preservatives and with the whey removed in the cheese making process. Compared to processed cheese, it separates when melted and contains more fat. However, it is firmer and more flavorful and does not contain any additives.
In the United States, processed cheese is often labeled as "cheese spread," "cheese food" or "cheese product."