Food Showdown: Pass the Cheese, Please!

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3/10/2012 10:00 AM   :  68 comments   :  26,659 Views

Cheese is one of the fattiest foods you can eat, and it's also high in unhealthy saturated fats.  However, it also adds calcium, flavor, and satiety to your meals.  Both of these cheeses are rich in flavor.  Feta, a soft cheese, usually tops Greek salads and pastas.  Cheddar also goes great on salad, sandwiches, and by itself. 

Which cheesy delight will set you back the fewest calories and fat?

The Winner: Feta!



 
A 1-ounce serving of feta cheese provides 80 calories and 6 grams of fat.  This makes it a better choice than cheddar, which contains 120 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving.  Next time you're about to top a salad with cheddar, think again!  Try to choose low-fat or fat-free cheeses whenever possible.  A fat-free serving of cheddar is much healthier than its full-fat counterpart, with only 45 calories and less than half a gram of fat.

 


How often do you eat cheese?



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  • FOXGLOVE999
    68
    I love cheese, and will keep eating it, and sugar, salt in moderation. I do not believe in excluding whole food groups because of extremist views. One thing did not cause obesity, therefore excluding one thing isn't going to cure it. - 9/1/2014   1:51:18 AM
  • 67
    I love cheese.. My mother is over 90 yrs old, and she has eaten cheese all her life and she has the bones of a 30 yrs old. I got my love of cheese from my mother, and I took have good strong bones. My mom doesn't drink milk, so I am pretty sure she gets her calcium from the cheese. Enough said. - 1/29/2013   11:21:20 AM
  • 66
    I love cheese but the salt is another story. - 10/22/2012   10:27:52 AM
  • 65
    I love cheese and eat a little of it about every day. I am soon going to go on a Vegan diet and cheese will be what I miss the most! - 10/7/2012   12:34:16 PM
  • 64
    I've cut way back on cheese because of the sodium. I've found swiss cheese and feta to be good choices in that aspect. Are there any low-sodium cottage cheeses out there? If so, I've yet to find them. - 9/22/2012   2:11:56 PM
  • 63
    I have a string cheese and a piece of fruit every day for a snack - 9/8/2012   6:30:36 PM
  • 62
    I've learned to use only a tbl. Or two to add flavor and I think I've broke my need to use cheese as the main ingredient. - 8/12/2012   9:11:45 PM
  • DWILLIAMB
    61
    I"m a cheese eater , really like smoked and horseradish cheese!! - 8/12/2012   11:33:36 AM
  • 60
    I love cheese I put it on almost everything - 8/11/2012   5:47:37 PM
  • 59
    i love cheese....its hard to skip it - 6/18/2012   11:02:13 AM
  • 58
    I put a little feta in my salad, put not huge cubes like the picture. - 5/28/2012   12:51:21 AM
  • 57
    I use Edam cheese as it has less fat than other cheddar's so I get mt fix but not too much fat - 5/7/2012   10:46:26 PM
  • 56
    I'm a cheese lover, but have cut way back on it and have gone low fat or fat free. Thank you for the article. - 3/15/2012   10:13:19 AM
  • OLDCRUSTYONE
    55
    Yup the TJ's Goat Medallians are great, also the Mini Brie's. I devour one of each daily with snack 1 & 2. Also, the Trader Joe's light string cheese is delicious, but a bit salty. The Brie is only 70 calories, 6g Fat, very decadent and satisfying with sliced apple or pear. - 3/15/2012   9:50:22 AM
  • SPARKTARA
    54
    I just have to say....I think mine is the only really negative sounding comment on here.
    That really wasn't my point, to just bash this cheese info.
    My point is that it's not all about JUST fat and calroies.
    Your body can handle a little natural fat. In fact, it needs some.
    Your body does not need, and cannot handle sugar.
    Sugar is what makes people fat. - 3/14/2012   11:36:33 AM
  • SPARKTARA
    53
    I'm with quorndawg. I don't think it does people any favors to say (and it's not just the writer of THIS article) that something is healthier because it has less calories and less fat, and leave out other pertinent information.
    For example, a Snickers bar has only 45% of its calories from fat, while an avocado has 70% calories from fat.
    But would we argue that that makes the Snickers bar healthier?
    Furthermore, flavored "low fat" yogurt is generally worse for you than regular yogurt because all the added sugar that they put in low fat yogurt is MUCH worse for you than having a little natural milkfat in the regular yogurt. (Note: this goes for FLAVORED yogurt...not plain.)

    OK - Sorry to sound SO critical. I'm not saying this info on cheese is 100% useless. I just think that people are SO misled by constantly hearing that it's all about fat and calories. It's not. People being unaware of how bad sugar is for them (and it's in SO many "diet," "light," and "low fat" products) is in great part responsible for the obesity and diabetes epidemics we are now experiencing. - 3/14/2012   11:32:38 AM
  • 52
    After reading most of the comments here I am a happier person this morning....I knew I couldn't be the only person who loves cheese. Now I know that is a fact. Just came across a cream cheese with dark chocolate that is fantastic. - 3/14/2012   9:23:08 AM
  • 51
    I love cheese - it is such my weakness - 3/13/2012   11:51:37 AM
  • 50
    YUM.... cheese (where's a Homer drool emoticon when you need it ?)

    When I decided I needed to lose weight, I knew I could never ever give up cheese. Instead, I opted to reduce my portion sizes. Take your pick, feta, goat, cheddar, gouda, stilton, gorganzola, etc... there is nothing like a nice aged cheese. - 3/13/2012   9:24:22 AM
  • 49
    Love cheese. - 3/13/2012   8:35:37 AM
  • 48
    Thank-you for he post. Milk & cheese are two of my favorite things. With, cheese however, I need to pass on the older aged cheeses as well as the strong aromatic cheeses due to their containing tyramine, a substance that is well connected with the causes of migraine headaches. - 3/13/2012   6:20:02 AM
  • ETCBEAR
    47
    I love cheese I can do the feta on salads thanks for the tip - 3/13/2012   6:03:52 AM
  • 46
    Cheese - my biggest weakness! I love most of it (you blue cheese lovers can keep that nasty stuff - grin!). I enjoy Feta also but it tastes saltier than some of the other cheeses I like. I wonder if the sodium count is high? - 3/12/2012   4:59:47 PM
  • 45
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE me some cheese! Low-fat yum.......fat free, not so much!
    - 3/12/2012   4:05:14 PM
  • 44
    I used to eat cheese several times a week, but I've cut back on dairy the last month or so. I do enjoy some Feta crumbles on a Greek salad on occasion, though. Yum. - 3/12/2012   2:59:34 PM
  • 43
    I'd rather eat no cheese than fat free (unless it's cottage cheese). Fat free cheese tends to taste like plastic and are kind of gross (at least what I've had). - 3/12/2012   10:42:36 AM
  • 42
    I like to call cheese a food group, that's how often I like to eat it! - 3/12/2012   10:11:07 AM
  • ROGERSBABE1
    41
    Sharp, sharp cheddar cheese. Being lactose intolerant helps me to limit my intake. I have about 1 oz every other day. But, I can't stand the reduced fat ones....cheese is my little splurge. - 3/12/2012   9:28:54 AM
  • GMAGEE
    40
    I love most cheese, but can't include feta in that group. Never use it, never eat it. - 3/12/2012   8:55:53 AM
  • KTHOMAS37
    39
    I love blue cheese dressing and crumbled blue on salads. Is this rediculously high in calories and fat????? - 3/12/2012   12:07:27 AM
  • 38
    Cheese is about the only dairy product that wont give me the runs. I use a combination of lowfat & regular cheeses. I have decided recently to cut back on the cheese becaus of the calories. - 3/11/2012   10:34:11 PM
  • 37
    fat is needed in the diet for proper hormones and brain function. I hate that we have rampant disorders in children related to parents starving their brains of fat and yet the disinformation continues. Salt is a totally unnecessary additive to foods - I love my fresh mozzarella and ricotta - low sodium, low calorie and plenty of good nutrition. doesn't hurt to make your own food - much better than the commercial made for profit not for quality stuff. - 3/11/2012   5:13:05 PM
  • 36
    As my sister says, "Everything is better with Feta!" :D - 3/11/2012   5:06:48 PM
  • 35
    "Hail Cheese" said Egalitaire! I love it!
    - 3/11/2012   3:07:42 PM
  • 34
    I use 1/2 oz of mozzarella grated cheese on my egg beaters in the morning, just this little really helps me thru the day. - 3/11/2012   2:47:08 PM
  • GIACCOI
    33
    President makes a fat free feta that provides all the taste of real feta without any guilt. - 3/11/2012   2:46:48 PM
  • FINOLARAVENFURY
    32
    Cheese is definantly my weakness! - 3/11/2012   2:45:13 PM
  • 31
    I like cheese. It one of the few foods that I'll just have to do something else to off set it. I'm not giving it up. I am willing to pay the price - exercise or what ever. - 3/11/2012   12:54:49 PM
  • 30
    I'm not a big cheese eater. However, I do like feta, especially Greek feta, which is made with sheep's milk or sheep's and goat's milk. - 3/11/2012   12:47:43 PM
  • 29
    I love cheese and I do not care about the calories. I haven't used feta cheese yet; that it lacks color makes is appear less tempting. I love mozzarella (no color there either) mixed with mild cheddar. Cheese and whole milk is were the most of my fat intake comes from. - 3/11/2012   11:52:00 AM
  • 28
    I love cheese and eat it every day. I am currently trying to lose weight so I have been willing to let other things go that I normally would have eaten daily, ex. ice cream and potato chips, but I still have cheese even if i just shred a little onto my green salad at dinner. Thanks for the info. - 3/11/2012   11:29:25 AM
  • 27
    I hate to see cheese labeled as a bad food. It is a natural food, eaten by humans since the dawn of time for many good reasons. It has protein, fat, minerals, etc. etc. It's kept many a people from starving. It's very portable for long journeys, satisfying and very, very tasty. It doesn't spoil easily. Truly one of the foods of the gods. - 3/11/2012   11:20:23 AM
  • 26
    I eat cottage cheese almost every day, and I love feta on salads and homemade pizza. I also make Greek stuffed chicken breasts in my slowcooker, a mixture of feta, basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Yum! - 3/11/2012   11:15:44 AM
  • ATHENA160
    25
    Calories and fat aren't the only things to take into consideration, though. Cheddar may have more calories & more fat, but also has more calcium. 1oz. of Cheddar has 204mg of Calcium, whereas 1oz. of Feta only has 140mg of Calcium. - 3/11/2012   9:42:35 AM
  • 24
    Love love love cheese. And abhor any lowfat versions - I just use less!
    - 3/11/2012   8:06:41 AM
  • 23
    Not too many choices where I live, so I always look for the low fat, if they have it. Good to now I can look for feta! - 3/11/2012   7:08:11 AM
  • STREO2004
    22
    I do love my cheese, but I limit it. Tho to be honest, I always add it to salads, so the Feta is a better choice & that is good to know. Thanks, - 3/11/2012   4:22:02 AM
  • 21
    I mainly just eat reduced fat tasty cheddar cheese. If it is on a cracker or toast, I usually put cottage cheese on first, and use a potato peeler and put thin slices on top. It uses way less cheddar that way, and the proper cheese flavour comes through. Saves HEAPS of calories/fat, too! - 3/11/2012   1:09:09 AM
  • 20
    Oh, I LOVE cheese. My weakness.... ugh. - 3/11/2012   12:26:31 AM
  • GOMASIOPHILE
    19
    Cheese is undeniably delicious, to those of us who love it; I'm guilty (world's worst vegan right here, folks), but it is not healthy. It is especially bad for asthmatics. And it may be high in calcium, but because it is an acidic food (as all animal foods are), our bodies have to use their own calcium stores to neutralize it. The countries with the fewest dairy consumers also tend to have the fewest cases of osteoporosis. Get calcium from greens, almonds, and sesame seeds; your skeleton will thank you for it. - 3/10/2012   10:22:47 PM

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