Food Showdown: Pass the Cheese, Please!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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GEORGE815 7/12/2020
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USMAWIFE 5/3/2020
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CECELW 12/17/2019
thats good to know. I love feta cheese Report
LARRYM32 10/27/2019
Wisconsinite..therefore, Cheesehead..tried feta cheese suggested and on for a couple yrs....not a fan..taste...we have sooo many tastier choices, and low cal too....a treat of the gods Report
PICKIE98 9/28/2019
Farmers cheese is the lowest fat and sodium content of all of the cheeses. It is difficult to find.. Report
CATNAP629 9/24/2019
I started South Beach-Keto in May, and relied heavily on cheese. Now, I am wanting to take it up a notch, so I am lowering my intake and sticking to Jack, Mozzarella and goat cheese. Report
I have cheese frequently in very small doses and tend to pick lower in fat cheeses or those with plenty of flavor. You also don't need much. Report
More outdated information. Fat free cheese is not recommended. It’s better to have a small serving of the full fat or even reduced fat (2% milk) cheese. Fat free cheese has the consistency of rubber. Report
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Feta is one of my favorites!!! Report
I eat cheese every day Report
The right cheese in the right amount is the best. Report
I love cheese. mild cheddar is my favorite Report
Cheese ia a greater weekness for me than chocolate. No fat free here. I qould rather save somewhere else. Report
I think cheese ~really good cheeses ~are a treat and eating the FAT FREE version of a cheese is NOT something I would do as the fat IS satisfying ! I just eat LESS of the treat and really enjoy it! -8.8 LBS. LIGHTER in 6 and 1/2 weeks says I am RIGHT! My faves: Extra Sharp White Cheddar,Gouda, Havarti, Brie, Monterey Jack,Cheddar,Tuscano,Gruyere .Note:Mozzarella,Feta,Provolone are also favorites and they are lower in fat. Report
Thanks for the great information! :) Report
I eat some most everyday. I love Colby jack. Report
I enjoy feta in my salads. I love most cheese, except blue cheese. On the keto food plan, I eat my fair share of cheese. Yummy! Report
Love cheese but the salt in feta is too much for me Report
eat it when it makes sense to do so Report
I could have been a mouse in a past life :)) I love all cheeses. And, having Greek blood running through my veins has me shouting O'pa!! as I read that Feta Cheese is the winner in this article and I will be buying more Feta at the grocery tomorrow. Report
My biggest weakness is cheese......any kind of cheese :( Report
I LOVE cheese :) Report
*LOVE* feta! But especially goat milk or sheep milk feta, rather than made from cow's milk. Cheese of almost any type is probably my favorite type of food. I could NEVER give it up, and gladly, I don't have to! Report
We have giant rats in our house! We love cheese. Report
Love cheese. Report
I would rather eat a smaller portion of a full-fat cheese than a larger portion of a fat-free cheese. Why? Because the full-fat version tastes so much better! I'd rather limit my intake of more decadent, fattier things than be able to have something that just isn't as good. Report
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. Report
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. Report
I love cheese but the salt is another story. Report
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! Report
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. Report
I have a string cheese and a piece of fruit every day for a snack Report
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. Report
I"m a cheese eater , really like smoked and horseradish cheese!! Report
I love cheese I put it on almost everything Report
i love cheese....its hard to skip it Report
I put a little feta in my salad, put not huge cubes like the picture. Report
I use Edam cheese as it has less fat than other cheddar's so I get mt fix but not too much fat Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
I love cheese - it is such my weakness Report
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. Report
Love cheese. Report
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. Report