> Adults who say Parmesan is their favorite cheese: 3%
Parmesan is a cheaper supermarket alternative for Italy’s venerable Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration reported that major brands of mass-market Parmesan had been found to contain cellulose, an additive that prevents clumping. Cellulose is a polymer found naturally in wood and cotton — and only unnaturally in cheese.
> Adults who say Brie is their favorite cheese: 3%
Either in its natural state or baked in a pastry case, brie is the definitive party cheese. There are American versions, but mass-produced brie from France, its country of origin, is commonly available in the U.S. As it matures and grows runny, brie gains pungency, but when young, it’s lightly flavorful.
> Adults who say Gouda is their favorite cheese: 4%
Gouda is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. Gouda cheese, one of the oldest European cheeses, is made from Dutch milk called Noord-Hollandse Gouda.
> Adults who say Blue is their favorite cheese: 4%
Blue cheeses are made from cow’s, goat’s, or sheep’s milk all over the world. Cultures of the Penicillium mold give them blue, green, or sometimes gray or black veins, either streaked here and there or permeating the entire cheese. Some of the world’s most famous cheeses are blue, including Roquefort and Gorgonzola. Many people, however, find them too pungent and are sometimes put off by the very sight of the mold.
> Adults who say Provolone is their favorite cheese: 5%
Provolone is a semi-hard Italian or Italian-style cheese with buttery, slightly tangy flavor, a pleasant aroma, and a mild but pronounced aftertaste. It’s another popular deli cheese and practically indispensible on antipasto plates.