Are you a cheese fan? I definitely am one.
I eat cheese every day and if I had to choose between giving up on meat or cheese, I would most certainly give up on meat.
Cheese is often seen as one of the healthiest foods, which is why people think they could consume as much as they want of it.
After all, it’s only cheese, right? Sure, cheese is mostly healthy and is vital for our diet, because it’s high in calcium, vitamin B, minerals; it promotes the absorption of nutrients in our bodies, it keeps out teeth and bones healthy, it prevents osteoporosis and hypertension.
So yes, cheese is a must in our diet. However, with the variety of cheese nowadays you have to be careful when you choose it. Some types are not quite diet-friendly; moreover, they are quite high in fats and some of them can actually be dangerous for our health.
Although its delicious and unique taste gives food a special flavor, 100 g of this cheese contains about 290 calories, 37% of your daily recommended amount of fat and 35 % of your daily recommended amount of sodium. Not to mention that it can be contaminated with Listeria, a type of bacteria that can be potentially dangerous, especially for pregnant women. It is also high in food additives.
100 g of it has approximately 330 calories. This “Queen of Chesses” is also high in saturated fats and sodium: 100 g contains 43% of your daily recommended amount of fat and 26% of your daily recommended amount of sodium.
100 g of this royal cheese has about 400 calories, from which almost 300 come from fat. Only 100 g of Cheddar can provide you with 50% of the daily recommended amount of fat and 26% of the daily recommended amount of sodium.
Still, one good thing these types of cheese have in common is the fact that they are a great source of minerals, vitamins and proteins. Other types of cheese you have to consume with moderation, due to their high content of fat, calories or sodium are: Blue cheese (Roquefort, Gorgonzola), Parmesan, Mascarpone, Feta and Gouda cheese.
So, if you’re on a diet or just trying to eat healthier, try to stick to the low-fat and low-sodium types of cheese. Usually, the hard cheese is the one high in sodium and fat. Soft cheese can be healthier. Just read the label and be careful with the amount of sodium and fat they contain.
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