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I love cheese, you love cheese, we all love cheese. So which ones fit best into our healthy choices??

There are hundreds of types of cheese, but the 3 most common types are:

Soft cheese – ex. Mozzarella

Semi soft cheese – ex. Blue cheese

Hard cheese – ex. Cheddar and Swiss cheese

Cheese is a great replacement for meat, and if you want a light snack at any time, a 1 oz wedge of cheese supplies you the same amount of nutrients as a 12 oz glass of milk. The casein of cheese contains all the essential amino acids, and cheese contains a high amount of vitamin A and D, as well as calcium.

The downside of cheese is… the high salt content, which is essential to cheese making, and some kinds of cheese have relatively high fat. Cheddar cheese, which is one of the most popular types of cheese in the world, can have a fat content of up to 30%.

If you are watching your weight, than cheese is not something to go overboard with, as cheese is pretty heavy in calorie content. A 1oz wedge of Cheddar cheese has 120 calories, while a 3.5 oz wedge will add 400 calories to your daily calorie intake.

So, as you can see, although cheese is a useful and nutritious snack for busy lifestyles, eating more than a few slices of cheese will contribute dramatically to your total calorie intake. Consume in moderation!

Here are the basic calories and fat content in some of the more common cheeses:

For 1 ounce…

                                 CALORIES            FAT (in grams)

  • Cheddar         120                   10
  • Swiss             105                   7.1
  • Mozzarella       79                     6
  • Cream           100                   10
  • Cottage          29                    1.4
  • Goat              76                      6
  • Blue              120                    12
  • Feta               80                     6
  • Brie               90                     10
  • Parmesan      111                    7

When looking at these comparisons, remember that we often consume more than just the 1 oz standard serving size of cheese. Especially the softer ones that we spread on crackers and bread. The harder cheeses generally have a stronger flavor so we can get away a smaller portion size and still feel satisfied. The best snacks choices would be string cheese (already portion controlled) and cottage cheese (highest in protein). All said and done, moderation is better than deprivation.

4 Comments for this entry

  • Mark says:

    This is a very informative post. I like how you give us the data and the mindset to be healthy by ourselves. You don’t just tell us to do this, do that. Thanks! I’ve got to go eat some cheese.

  • dsprinkle says:

    This is really good information, Dawn. Thanks for the research. I always went by the “rule” that white was better than yellow. But now I see my blue cheese (more white than yellow) is just as bad as cheddar.

    P.S. Is cottage really a cheese?
    Yes, cottage cheese is really a cheese. It is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed so some whey remains. It is not aged or colored and different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations.
    -Dawn

  • Tara Kawczynski says:

    I love cheese! :-) Now I’m informed on what kinds are best for me, thanks.

  • LE says:

    I also love cheese. Oh so much. I’ve found that the individually packaged string cheeses are a good way for me to stick to a good portion size (80 calories for the kind I buy). I order black beans and extra salsa from mexican takeout joints and shred up a packet of string cheese over it myself instead of letting them arbitrarily scoop theirs on.
    L.E. – that’s a great idea! -Dawn

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