We’re gonna talk about cheese today, and I think we’re all here for one reason…
it’s delicious .
Cheese is too delicious to resist. It’s extremely unfair, in fact… how delicious yet unbearably high calorie cheese can be.
No seriously, if cheese didn’t exist, I don’t even know what I’d do. Probably wish for a world with cheese.
Oh, do you need more reasons to eat cheese? How about the fact that cheese is great for your teeth too! That’s right, calcium levels through the roof, plus it lowers the level of bacteria in your mouth to keep your teeth clean.
Enough said. Cheese has got some health benefits (1).
Here are the 14 healthiest cheeses to chow down on:
Personal admission: I like cheddar the best of all cheeses. The sharper the better. It’s got slightly more calories than other types of cheeses, but who cares – it tastes that good.
Serving size: 1 slice (28 g), 113 calories, 7 g protein, 9 g fat, 20% calcium, 14% phosphorus
Plus, there are other fatty foods that have health benefits too (2).
2. Bleu Cheese
If you want the best cheese named after a misspelled color, your best bet is to reach directly for the bleu cheese. Be careful – it’s got more sodium than most other cheeses, but also be careful, it’s good with literally every food. I’ve had bleu cheese in ice cream before, and yes it was amazing.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 99 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g fat, 1 g carbs, 15% calcium, 16% sodium
3. Part Skim Mozzarella
The plus is that mozzarella has less calories than most other types of cheese. The other plus is that mozzarella with tomato, basil, and balsamic vinaigrette tastes divine .
Now, cheese probably isn’t the best way to lower your blood pressure, but there are other more delicious ways to do it.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 71 calories, 7 g protein, 4 g fat, 1 g carbs, 22% calcium, 13% phosphorus
Swiss cheese is great. it comes with holes in it. that’s cool.
It’s also got calcium, protein, and vitamin B12. Oh, and it’s great on sandwiches. What more do you want?
Serving size: 1 slice (28 g), 106 calories, 8 g protein, 8 g fat, 2 g carbs, 22% calcium, 16% vitamin B12, 16% phosphorus
5. Monterey Jack
This cheese is mild and soft (like my standup) and it’s great on a sandwich (like my standup). You’ll find pepperjack cheese everywhere, which is just Monterey jack cheese with pepper flakes inside it, so that begs the question of why they even sell Monterey jack in the first place if all anyone wants is pepperjack. I don’t know, it’s delicious.
One thing to note here: if you’re trying to lose weight, please, I’m begging you, don’t cut cheese from your diet. Cut these other foods instead. Thank you.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 104 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g fat, 20% calcium
This harder cheese from Spain is made from sheeps milk and is crafted in an incredibly specific way – so specific they’re not even allowed to make it outside of certain parts of Spain. Good cheese is good.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 120 calories, 7 g protein, 10 g fat, 30% calcium
7. Colby Cheese
If you’re too much of a wuss to eat real cheddar, I will judge you – and you can have this delicious alternative. It’s great on salads and has a milder taste.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 110 calories, 7 g protein, 9 g fat, 1 g carbs, 19% calcium, 13% phosphorus
Plus, if you’re the type to get cravings between meals, this can help you.
8. Goat Cheese (Chevre)
Whether you call it by its fancy French name or its bastardized American one, know that you’re going to get a cheese that’s low in saturated fat and high in delicious .
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Greek salad, this cheese is probably 90% of the reason why.
Serving size: 1 oz, semisoft (28 g), 102 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g fat, 1 g carbs, 11% riboflavin, 10% phosphorus, 8% calcium
9. Part Skim Ricotta
This is the stuff they put in cannoli, so you know it’s gonna be good. It’s low calorie, made from whey, high in amino acids, and tastes amazing. Done deal.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 39 calories, 3 g protein, 2 g fat, 1 g carbs, 8% calcium
10. Gruyere Cheese
This is the cheese everyone thinks about when they hear “French cheese”. Well, except for French people, but they don’t count. You’ll get less sodium in this cheese than many others, which is a plus, and another plus is that it tastes amazing .
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 116 calories, 8 g protein, 9 g fat, 28% calcium, 17% phosphorus
11. Parmesan Cheese
If you’ve ever eaten any Italian food ever, in your entire life, you’ve eaten parmesan cheese. And honestly, thank the lord for Italians, because parmesan cheese is the best, and I will fight you if you disagree.
Serving size: 1 oz, hard (28 g), 110 calories, 10 g protein, 7 g fat, 1 g carbs, 33% calcium, 19% phosphorus, 19% sodium
12. Brie Cheese
Honestly, I have to admit something here – I don’t care for brie cheese. Plus, it doesn’t really have much nutrition for you, or calcium, in a calorie heavy package. A rare miss for the cheese category.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 94 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g fat, 9% riboflavin, 8% vitamin B12, 5% calcium
13. Cottage Cheese
A staple in your aunt’s weird diet for years, cottage cheese gives you a lot of vegetarian protein in a low calorie package – albeit with a ton of salt involved.
Try the low sodium version to keep yourself healthy.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 20 calories, 3 g protein, <0 g fat, 1 g carbs, 5% sodium, 4% selenium, 4% phosphorus
14. Robiola Cheese
If your first thought was “what the hell is robiola cheese?” you’re not alone. You’re also missing out. It’s a soft Italian cheese with a super rich taste – perfect for crackers or crusty white bread… or sweet fruits. Go to town.
Serving size: 1 oz (28 g), 90 calories, 4.5 g protein, 8 g fat
Things To Remember:
If you’re looking for healthier cheeses, a good rule of thumb is that soft cheeses are generally going to have less calories than hard cheeses – because they have more water per bite. You’re also going to get less sodium in softer cheeses.
If you’re going to eat cheese healthily, the most important thing to remember is portion control. Yes, hacking off 1/3 of the block of cheese and cramming it into your mouth feels great, but it’s not healthy for you, no matter how healthy the cheese is. Pre-cut the amount of cheese you want to eat and put the rest of the block away to prevent overeating.
Oh, and buy organic if you can and want to be super healthy. You won’t have any antibiotics or hormones in your cheese, and the animals will have been treated better.
The Healthiest Cheeses To Eat
- Bleu Cheese
- Part Skim Mozzarella
- Monterey Jack
- Colby Cheese
- Goat Cheese (Chevre)
- Part Skim Ricotta
- Gruyere Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Brie Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Robiola Cheese