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Is Cheese Worthy of Your Calories?

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Oh, dear, lovely Cheese. Munster, Swiss, Jarlsberg and Romano; Bleu Cheese, Cheddar, Brie and Feta, Mozzerella, Parmesan. It's melty on top of Old Smokey, or spaghetti. It's flavoring your pizza, enchilada, your tuna melt, your panini. So many of us have a love verging on lust for cheese that we simply can't not, even when we're watching our weight, even when we're on a diet even if, health forbid, we are lactose intolerant.

So what's the deal, REALLY? Is cheese worth your time, money, and hard earned calories? If you need to find something to indulge in and desperately want it, will you sabotage or support your health, well being, and happiness by letting yourself have some glorious, tasty cheese?

Let's break it down.

Cheese has the nutritional value of all milk products including calcium and protein. Unfortunately, most whole milk and regular cow's milk cheese also contains a great amount of fat and calories. One exception to this is goat's milk cheese. Goat's milk cheese has a wonderful flavor and all the health benefits of cheese without all the fat and calories. For more on goat cheese, follow this link:

Goat cheese can also be easier to digest than cow's milk cheese.

Another interesting option is feta cheese. This type of cheese is lower in fat and calories and still incredibly delicious. It is tasty and won't cost you as many calories.

Eating feta cheese can have other health benefits, such as boosting metabolism. For more on feta cheese, follow this link:

For a list of cheeses and their caloric content, click on the following link:

In summation, cheese is delicious, nutritious and culturally appealing. It is an old favorite among the elderly and young children alike. People of all ages adore it. Just learn as much as you can about the different types, opt for those with lower fat and calorie content whenever possible, and enjoy!

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HERWriter Guide (reply to Aimee Boyle)

Aimee, I must assume your title is rhetorical! A bait and switch? Some kind of evil scam?! A joke?

The real question should be

"Are we worthy enough for Cheese?"

I agree with one of your readers - smaller, sharp and tangy slices will whet the palate and should be enough to fulfill us. Eaten with chilled, tart apples or a rich platter of nuts...alongside a bowl of fresh hummus and pita...a fresh baguette with herbed butter or a rich fondue with a half cup of Belgian white lager in the mix..and....oh Cheese, How I Love Thee!

Nevermind those Fabio type windswept couples on a cliff top - show me a picture of smoked Gouda and Boursin with a casually tossed demi baguette on the side and I swoon!

Great post and uh, food for thought (sorry) -

October 25, 2010 - 1:01pm
(reply to Susan Cody)


You had me alternately laughing and drooling with every word you wrote!

Bon Apetite and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!


November 18, 2010 - 4:18am
EmpowHER Guest

If it's gotta be goat cheese, you gotta try gjetost. Now, this caramel like cheese is heavenly, food of the gods, ambrosia. But you still don't need much to satisfy your cravings. Layer it w/ pecans for an amazing hor d'oeurve. And when you stick to the good fats, they turn off your hunger switch, so don't be afraid of the fats.
It's sugar and carbs that get stored as fat in the body. At worse, dairy fat becomes mucous in the lungs. Just stay healthy and eat healthy portions.

October 14, 2010 - 8:12pm

The nice thing about cheese is that a little goes a long way. A couple of slices of strong cheese can be the answer to certain food cravings. And you can pair it with fruit or wine for a tasty treat.

October 14, 2010 - 10:28am
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