In a healthy food plan, it’s common sense to recommend two or three portions of lacteous products a day. In that category, cheese is a popular choice because of the flavor, many utilities in several recipes and also for people that don’t like milk very much. But the reputation of cheese isn’t perfect, being associated with heart diseases and overweight because of its fat and sodium.
It’s very important to reiterate that the regular portion of lacteous products depends to each person, since a lot of particular conditions must be analyzed. The type of cheese also has to be discussed because there are many differences between them, with calories and fat being two of those differences.
Besides the flavor aspect, cheese is a great source of protein with high biological value, essential to sustain and regenerate your body tissue. They also bring calcium, phosphor and vitamins A and D, helping with the strength of your teeth and bones. Cheese is the product of the coagulation of milk – that milk can be from cows, goat, sheep, buffalo or other mammals -and its separation from the milk solids, called curds.
So which ones are the healthiest cheeses?
To answer that question we should examine the cheese classes and its primal particularities. Cream cheeses, like the ones you can put on a cracker, are the ones with less fat comparing with other kinds of cheeses. Lately there are more cream cheeses in the market that highlights a reduced quantity of fat and calories. To make a better selection, we should learn to read the labels to seek information. Some examples of that kind of cheese are Finlandia, Cottage, Mascarpone, etc.
Cheeses with creamy inside and a crust outside are the middle ground when analyzing food coloring, fat and sodium. In that category we can also include buttery cheeses like mozzarella, Camembert, Brie, etc. All of those cheeses have “light” versions, with less fat, which makes a large difference in the calorie count.
And last, the hard cheeses, that have a bigger maturation process, bringing more sodium and fat to the table. In that category we can include Parmesan, Gruyere, Cheddar, Gouda, etc. If you want to keep in balance with your fat and sodium count, this kind of cheeses should be avoided. But if you aren’t on a strict diet, you can consume with moderation, obviously with less frequency that other types of cheeses.
Like we said, cheese it’s an aliment with great nutritional value, and besides the presence of sodium and fat, other nutrients like proteins, minerals and vitamins makes the product worthy of consumption.
Like always, you have to put on the balance, checking all the nutrients that the cheese you want to buy can bring to your diet, learning to read labels and control your diet. We need to have conscience about what we eat, choosing products that really bring nutrients and helps our healthier lifestyle.