To Cheese or not to cheese, that is the question

One of the toughest things about dieting for some people is the thought of giving up cheese. The good news is that cheese can be part of a weight-loss program if good choices are made in the dairy aisle. Not all cheeses are equally high in calories and saturated fats.

Here are some guidelines to use when shopping for cheese at the grocery store:

1. Buy cheeses made from skim or low-fat milk.
While Cheddar is 30%-40% fat, cheese made from skim milk or low-fat milk can have a fat content of less than 15%. Hard cheese generally has more fat than soft cheese, but lower-fat or even fat-free options are still available.

2. Consider naturally lower-fat cheeses.
Ricotta, cottage cheese and Gouda are good choices.

3. Choose cheeses that are generally low in salt.
Try Swiss or Parmigiano-Reggiano.

4. Consider buying low-lactose cheeses.
Some dieters have more gas because they are eating more vegetables than usual or are lactose-intolerant. Choosing cheeses such as feta or aged Gruyère might help reduce problem.

Do a quick comparison between these options and your usual cheese. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can cut calories and fat without sacrificing much else.

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