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The Best and Worst Cheese Choices

Posted Oct 26 2009 11:02pm

Cheese is one of those foods shows up everywhere! In your sandwiches, soups, omelets, salads, casseroles, egg dishes, and pretty much anywhere else you can think of.


Cheeses differ by many factors like texture, flavor and fat content.

So if you want to change the way you eat and incorporate healthy choices of cheeses in your eating, which ones should you be crazy about?

Low-Fat Cheese

  • Good source of calcium.
  • Builds your bones while you decrease fat calories.
  • Check the “Nutrition Facts” label – the sodium content will vary.
  • Cheese is perishable, so check expiration dates.
  • If you buy sliced cheese or wedges at the deli, feel free to ask for nutrition information.

Aged Cheese

  • Cheddar and Swiss, are examples of aged cheeses.
  • The melting qualities, texture, and flavor differ from brand to brand. Some brands work better than others at replacing full-fat cheeses.
  • Low-fat cheeses have better cooking qualities than fat-free cheeses.
  • For pizza, lasagna, and other Italian recipes, look for low-fat or fat-free mozzarella.

Processed Cheese

  • These include American cheese, cheese spreads, and other pasteurized blends.
  • These cheeses are not ripened or aged. Because of this they don’t have the same individual flavor and texture as aged cheese.
  • They’re versatile and keep longer than aged cheese.
  • Cottage cheese, ricotta, and cream cheese are often viewed as a diet food. However cottage cheese, may not be quite as low-calorie as many people think— it all depends on the fat content. For the lowest fat and calorie count, look for fat-free or 1 percent milk fat cottage cheese.

Soy Cheese

  • Made from soy protein.
  • It’s a lower fat and cholesterol-free alternative to dairy cheese.
  • Doesn’t taste like cheese.
  • Give it a try and see if you like it.

Substitutions That Wont Pack On The Fat

These low-fat tips can help you enjoy the flavor and texture of cheese without overindulging on fat and calories. In cheese spreads, blend a small amount of stronger-flavored cheese, such as Asiago, blue cheese, feta, sharp Cheddar, or Romano cheese, with either fat-free yogurt or cottage cheese.

Instead of having full-fat cheeses in your favorite recipes, substitute them with reduced-fat or fat-free recipes.  Reduced-fat and fat-free cheeses will melt better if you layer them between other foods or cover the dish while it’s baking. Use highquality, full-flavored cheese for half the amount of cheese in the recipe, and for the other half use a fat-free option.


Best Cheese Choices

  • Fat free parmesan cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fat free cream cheese
  • Fat free mozzarella cheese
  • Low fat american processed cheese
  • Fat free cheddar cheese
  • Low-fat cheddar cheese
  • Low-fat mozzarella
  • Reduced fat feta
  • Reduced fat cheese spread
  • Low-fat ricotta
  • Fat free cottage cheese
  • Low-fat cottage cheese

Worst Cheese Choices

  • Mascarpone
  • Blue cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cottage cheese (4%)
  • Ricotta
  • Cream cheese
  • Brie
  • Cheese ball or log
  • Cheese spread
  • Feta
  • American processed cheese

What’s your favorite cheese?

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