Course:FNH200/Assignments/2023/Philadelphia creamcheese

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese - Original vs Low Fat

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is a popular brand of cream cheese owned by Kraft. It is known for its smooth texture and rich taste.

Original Philadelphia Cream Cheese: The original version is made with full-fat milk and cream. It has a rich creamy flavour and a smooth texture This variety is commonly used as a spread on bagels or crackers, in baking or as an ingredient in various recipes.

Low Fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese: The low-fat version is made with reduced-fat milk and cream, resulting in a lower fat content compared to the original version. It maintains a similar creamy texture, although the flavour is milder compared to the original.


Original Cream cheese
Ingredient list
Low fat cream cheese
side label- original cream cheese
Low-fat cream cheese ingredient list

Ingredient list

Ingredient List
Original[1] Low-Fat[2]
Modified milk ingredients Modified milk ingredients
Salt Water
Bacterial culture Corn starch
Lactic acid Salt
Carob bean gum Corn maltodextrin
Potassium sorbate Bacterial Culture
Sorbic acid (may be omitted) Sodium citrate
Lactic acid
Carob bean gum
Mono- and diglycerides
Potassium sorbate
Calcium propionate
Xantham gum
Guar gum
Natural flavour
Sorbic acid
Original Low fat
Fat substitutes None Corn maltodextrin
Sugar substitutes None None
  • Carob bean gum
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Sodium citrate
  • Calcium propionate
  • Mono- and diglycerides
  • Xanthan gum
  • Guar gum
  • Carob bean gum
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Sorbic acid

Roles of fat substitutes, sugar substitutes, and/or additives used in terms of the functional properties they contribute to the product

Fat Substitutes :

In low fat cream cheese:

  1. Corn maltodextrin: Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate based fat-substitute. It also functions as filler to increase the volume, creating the cheese texture. [3]

Additives :

In original cream cheese:

  1. Carob bean gum : Carob bean gum acts as a food thickener and stabilizer. It allows food products to have a longer shelf life[4]
  2. Potassium sorbate : Potassium sorbate is a widely used preservative that prolongs the shelf life of foods by stopping the growth of mold, yeast, and fungi.[5]

In low-fat cream cheese:

  1. Carob bean gum : Carob bean gum is used as a stabilizer, thickener, and fat replacer in foods, and also as an adjunct gelling agent[6]
  2. Potassium sorbate : Potassium sorbate is a widely used preservative that prolongs the shelf life of foods by stopping the growth of mold, yeast, and fungi.[7]
  3. Sodium citrate : sodium citrate works as an emulsifier to prevent the separation of fat and protein. It produces a smooth & creamy texture[8]
  4. Calcium propionate : Calcium propionate is a preservative which extends the shelf life by interfering with the growth and reproduction of molds and other microorganisms[9]
  5. Mono and diglycerides : Mono- and diglycerides help oil and water to blend. Because of this, they can be used to improve the texture or consistency of foods.[10]
  6. Xantham gum : Xanthan gum is used as a thickener and as a low-calorie substitute for fat.[11]
  7. Guar gum : guar gum acts as a stabilizer to give a better texture. It is also used as a fat replacement for low-fat cheese[12]
  8. Sorbic acid : Sorbic acid is a widely used preservative that is highly effective at inhibiting the growth of mold [13]

Compare and contrast

Similarities Differences
Ingredients Both original vs low fat have ingredients such as - modified milk ingredients,

salt, lactic acid, bacterial culture, carob bean gum, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid

Additional ingredients- Water, Corn maltodextrin, Sodium citrate, Calcium propionate,

Mono and diglycerides, Xanthan gum, Guar gum, natural flavour.

Calories Low fat- 20

Original- 80

Fat content Low fat and Original

Trans Fat 0g 0%

Low Fat-

Total Fat 0.5g. -0 %

Saturated Fat 0.4g

Cholesterol 5mg


Total Fat 7g 10%

Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%

Cholesterol 20mg 7%

Protein content Low Fat - Protein 2g 0%

Original - Protein 2g 4%

Sugar and carbohydrates Content Low fat and Original

Sugars 1g 0%

Dietary Fibers 0g 0%

Low Fat -

Total Carbohydrates 1g 0 %

Original -

Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%

others Low fat and Original

Vitamin A 0 %

Vitamin C 0 %

Calcium 2 %

Iron 0 %

Low Fat-Sodium 100mg 4 %

Original-Sodium 125mg 5%

Texture Low fat contains less fat and uses various different additives and fat substitutes, thus, it has a different texture from the original. In the original version, 1 gram of fat gives 9 kcal, whereas, in the low-fat version, the corn maltodextrin used as a fat substitute provides only 4 kcal per gram.As a result, there is a slight difference in the consistency and creaminess in the two products.


Philadelphia Cream cheese- original Low fat compliant non-compliant
Common name of the food Commonly known as Philadelphia cream cheese Philadelphia low fat cream cheese Compliant
Bilingual labelling Both English and French Both English and French Compliant
Country of Origin canada canada compliant
Date marking and storage instruction the expiration date is mentioned below and storage instructions marked on top and side; can be seen in image 4 and 5 storage instructions marked on top and side; can be seen in image 4 and 5 compliant
Identity and principle place of business place of business is toronto, ontario compliant
Legibility and location Easy to read and locate easy to read and locate compliant
List of ingredients Are mentioned in descending order of proportion--can be seen in image 2 can be seen in image 6 compliant
Nutrition facts table Contains all the required elements Calories, the amount of fat, saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber, sugars, protein, calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C in a specified amount of food. Contains all required elements. compliant
Net quantity of food 227g written on the top 227g written on the top compliant
sweetener mentioned in the ingredient list mentioned in the ingredient list compliant
Food additives mentioned in the list of ingredients-- see image 2 mentioned in the list of ingredients- see image 6 compliant
%milk fat and moisture declarations not mentioned on the label not mentioned on the label non-compliant
nutrient content claims and diet related health claims none none compliant