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Healthy Cheese

Updated on August 11, 2017
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Healthiest Cheese to Consume

I have started a new lifestyle change and I love cheese. I had to do a research on all the cheese so I knew what would be healthy to eat and what would not be. My lifestyle change is to eat lighter portions, eat more clean and whole foods. Such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and more fish. I also started walking and keeping my steps. I use a couple different apps for my new lifestyle change. I use Myfittnesspal, Record, and runkeeper. I started a support group on facebook, as my two daughters' are also changing their way of life, starting to exercise and eat right as well.

Getting right into the cheese, there are so many kinds, it was hard to decipher which is best. I did a lot of research. Here are the cheeses we will discuss:

Feta, goat, mozzarella, neufchatel, cottage, provolone, ricotta, parmesean and swiss. These are the top healthiest cheeses on every site that I researched.


Feta cheese is a soft, brined cheese made from goat and sheep milk.
Feta cheese is a soft, brined cheese made from goat and sheep milk. | Source

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is Greek, is soft, comes in block, with no or small holes. It has a salty flavor varying from mild to sharp. It is a white cheese dipped in brine. Feta cheese is one of the lowest in fat and calories than most other cheeses.

Feta has 4 grams of protein and 74 calories in 1 ounce. It's flavor is so bold that you do not need much. You can add it to salads, in the form of "crumbly", use it in recipes instead of American or Cheddar, such as hamburgers or pasta.

Feta is a pickled curd cheese that has a salty and tangy taste enhanced by the brine solution. The texture depends on the age which can be extremely creamy, or crumbly dry. Upon maturation of 2 months, feta is sold in blocks submerged in brine. The cheese can be used a table cheese or melted on a traditional Greek salad, spanakopita, pizza or pie. It tastes delicious with olive oil, roasted red peppers and nuts. If required, it can be washed under water to remove the extra saltiness.


Goat Cheese

Chevre is french, made out of goat's milk, has a tart and earthy flavor
Chevre is french, made out of goat's milk, has a tart and earthy flavor | Source

Goat Cheese (Chevre)

Chevre is french for goat cheese. In the "diet" world is better than cheeses made from cow's milk. Goat cheese is obviously made from goat's milk. Goat's milk is usually substituted for cow's milk when someone may be lactose intolerant.

Chevre, or goat's milk is low in fat and calories has 5 grams of protein, and 80 calories in just 1 ounce. It also contains Vitamin A and potassium and is low in sodium.

The flavour and aroma of goat cheese relies upon its moisture, density, aging and flavouring. It can feature a soft, semisoft, firm, or hard texture that indicates its moisture content. They come in many sizes and shapes, such as round patties, log-shapes, drum-shapes, pyramids, round loaves, long loaves etc. Chevres are excellent dessert cheeses, often served as snacks or before dinner drinks.



Mozzarella is a solid, sliceable cheese that is good for you.
Mozzarella is a solid, sliceable cheese that is good for you. | Source

Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese is Italian, made from buffalo's milk. It can also be made from other animal's milk, such as sheep, goat, and cow. Most of the mozzarella cheese now is made from cow's milk. It is a white and solid, sliceable cheese.

Mozzarella cheese has 72 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of sugars and carbs.

Those "string" cheeses are not only for kiddo's, adults should eat these as well. They are made from mozzarella and are considered a whole food.

An Italian Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) food product, Mozzarella cheese is not aged like most cheeses. It is eaten fresh and within few hours after it is made.



Neufchatel is a soft, crumbly table cheese.
Neufchatel is a soft, crumbly table cheese. | Source


Neufchatel cheese is from france, is similar to cream cheese, but much softer. It is made from cow's milk. It is said to be the oldest cheese from France.

Neufchatel has 70 calories, 6 grams of fat, low sodium, high in vitamin A and potassium.

The cheese is made in many forms, shapes and sizes - bonde (cylinders), coeur (heart shape), carre (square shape) and briquette (brick shape). Legend goes that French farm girls fell in love with English soldiers during the Hundred Years War and started making heart shaped cheeses to show their love.


Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese is a fresh cheese curd with a mild taste.
Cottage Cheese is a fresh cheese curd with a mild taste. | Source

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese has been around since around the 1800's. It is a curd with a mild taste.

Most people think they have to give up cottage cheese when they begin to "diet" or eat better, which is not the case.

4 ounces of cottage cheese has 120 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs and 12 grams of protein. Cottage cheese original has about 500 milligrams of sodium and 70 milligrams of calcium. There are choices of low fat or non fat with lower calories but high in sodium.

The term 'cottage cheese' is believed to have originated because the cheese was generally made in cottages from milk left over, after making butter. Cottage cheese can be eaten by itself, with fruits, toast or even used in salads. The cheese is creamy, lumpy and sold in pots.



Provolone is made from Cow's milk and is Italian.
Provolone is made from Cow's milk and is Italian. | Source

Provolone Cheese

Provolone cheese is from Italy, and is an aged cheese. It is made from cow's milk and is very smooth. It is considered a hard cheese with a sharp flavor.

One slice of provolone has 70 calories, 5 grams of protein, about 160 milligrams of sodium and very high in calcium.

In America, Provolone produced is similar to the Dolce variety. The flavours of Provolone largely vary depending where it’s made. Mostly, it’s semi-hard in texture and made from cow’s milk.



Ricotta means recooked in Italian.
Ricotta means recooked in Italian. | Source

Traditional Italian fresh ricotta is smoother than cottage cheese and tastes mildly sweet. Good Ricotta is firm, not solid and consists of a mass of fine, moist, delicate grains, neither salted nor ripened. The light, delicate consistency and clean flavours make it a perfect accompaniment to a variety of recipes and dishes.


Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta is Italian and is made from cow, sheep, goat and buffalo's milk. It is a "whey" cheese like cottage cheese, but a little more firm.

Ricotta cheese is high in calcium and potassium. It also has Vitamin A and B-12. 1 cup of this delicious cheese has 428 calories, 32 grams of fat and 28 grams of protein.


Parmesan has a nutty and fruity flavor. It is from Italy and is made from cow's milk.
Parmesan has a nutty and fruity flavor. It is from Italy and is made from cow's milk. | Source

True Parmesan cheese has a hard, gritty texture and is fruity and nutty in taste. Cheeses mocking Parmesan or inferior Parmesan may have a bitter taste. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is mostly grated over pastas, used in soups and risottos. It is also eaten on its own as a snack.


Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan is known as the King of Cheeses according to cheese experts. It is a hard, grainy cheese made from cow's milk.

A tablespoon of Parmesan has 20 calories, 1.4 grams of fat, 1.9 grams of protein, 6 grams of potassium and 76 milligrams of sodium. You should replace butter and salt with this cheese. It is better than american or cheddar cheese.

Swiss Cheese

Swiss cheese is from Switzerland, and has holes in it, the bigger the "eyes" the more rich the flavor
Swiss cheese is from Switzerland, and has holes in it, the bigger the "eyes" the more rich the flavor | Source

Some types of Swiss cheese have a distinctive appearance. Some cheeses have holes known as 'eyes' while some do not. Swiss cheese without eyes is known as 'blind'. But in general, the larger the eyes in a Swiss cheese, the more pronounced its flavour!


American Swiss Cheese

Swiss cheese is a common name for the original cheese called Emmental and is from Switzerland. Swiss cheese is from the United States, made from cow's milk, it is a hard processed cheese.

American Swiss cheese has 106 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 22 milligrams of potassium, 54 milligrams of sodium and is high in calcium.

Cheese Choices

Cheese of any kind should be eaten in moderation, just like any foods. These cheeses listed above are one of the healthiest cheeses we can consume.

Remember, eating low fat, or no fat cheeses are higher in sodium than their original counter parts. All cheeses have a high calcium count and are good for our bones.

Feta Cheese and Goat cheese seem to be the best type of cheeses to eat. The bold flavor of these cheeses means we do not need to eat very much. Toss it on a salad or use it in casseroles.


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      Jo Jo 5 months ago from Camby, IN

      I am a cheese freak too. I put it on everything. I've been seeing a dietitian/nutritionist and she told me that feta, and mozzarella (string cheese for kids lol) are perfect. Also, even shredded cheddar in moderation is good. But to try to use Parmesan as a substitute for salt, butter, etc... so I thought wow what a great idea! :) glad you liked this hub :)

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      Kevin W 5 months ago from Texas

      This was a great read jodigirl as I am a big cheese eater. Pretty much put some type of cheese on everything. Thumbs up on your hub. Voted up.