Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Tips to Trim Calories in Cheese
If you're attempting to lose excess body fat then you are aware that 'every calorie counts' towards a thinner you.
As a nation, America has a long-term relationship with cheese.
We love it.
We put it on vegetables to make them taste better.
We dip fried vegetables such as potato chips into sauces prepared with cheese - because we love it.
But we don't love those excess pounds that we gain - the 'natural' result of pent-up, retained water within the body due to sodium overload.
We also love it so much that we base soup recipes on it - and we much on wedges at snack time, forgetting to pair it with fresh, raw fruits or vegetables to add vital nutritional notes to our snack.
At our state fair, some folks even fry the cheese. One vender offers a fried grilled cheese sandwich.
The vegetarian dieter generally makes the terrible mistake of replacing animal proteins with cheese. Each meal tends to become mounds of cheese covering tiny bits of vegetables.
So, just how unhealthy OR how healthy is cheese? And what about the caloric content? The fat distribution?
Is Cheese Healthy?
Yes indeedy - as long as it's 'real' and not 'cheese food' or spread. You'll find a lot of soybean oil in those types of products at your local market.
In addition, it's healthy as long as it is enjoyed in MODERATION. It contains protein notes and because it's prepared with cow or goat milk, it contains nice notes of calcium which can support bone health.
However, it also contains some unhealthy notes - like the amount of sodium contained in a one-ounce recommended serving size. The salt content - along with the fat distribution are two reasons why it should be enjoyed in moderation.
About the fat; the blends which are high in Trans and saturated fats are the ones to heavily monitor.
Purchasing low-fat doesn't mean that the product is always lower in caloric values.
The manufacturers generally replace the fat with even more salt to offset the lack of fat. Merry-go-round, right?
Nutrition Facts, Calories in Cheese
The following nutritional data is based on one ounce of cheese which is the standard recommended intake level. The cheeses listed are prepared with whole milk, not skim-based. The goat cheese is based on the hard variety.
Most healthy adults can include cheese in their eating plan IN MODERATION whether they are dieting or not unless their personal doctor has specified otherwise OR if they have a medical condition which is exacerbated by salt.
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