Ready to book your Personal Trainer?
Contact Us

Cheese Comparisons

Who doesn’t love cheese? A nice dollop of cheese can turn the most boring salad or sandwich into an exciting meal. And as with the story of Yehudis, a chunk of cheese can even save a city!

Confused about the many different types out there?

Here is some information on the most popular types so you can make better choices.

FETA CHEESE

Feta cheese is a brine-cured cheese usually made from sheep’s milk. The crumbly cheese can also be made with a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk and is popularly used in salads, pastries, omelets, sandwiches, or as a garnish.

Benefits: 

1. Easier to digest: Feta is easier to digest and is less allergenic and inflammatory 

than most other cheeses, hence a good choice for people who are sensitive to dairy.

2. Lower fat content: Feta cheese is lower in fat and calories as compared to many other types of cheeses. Feta cheese has 21 grams of fat (per 100 grams) as per the USDA. Cheddar on the other hand has 33 grams, while Parmesan has 29 grams of total fat, most of it saturated.

3. Good source of protein: Feta cheese is also a good source of protein, which is immensely beneficial for muscles.

4. Good source of vitamins and minerals: Feta could also be a valuable addition to your diet if you are looking to load up on vitamins from sources other than just fruits. Feta is rich in vitamin B6, and vitamin A, as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, and potassium, which improve bone health.

5. Excellent probiotic: Feta contains numerous probiotics which are good for your gut and overall health.

A WORD OF CAUTION…

When consumed in excess, the sodium content in feta may trigger your blood cholesterol levels. Excess sodium can also lead to chronic conditions and potentially fatal diseases like heart attack and even stroke. Usually, doctors recommend we have no more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily. I do not recommend eating it close to a weigh-in because of water retention due to the high level of sodium.

MOZZARELLA CHEESE:

Everyone who loves melting cheese on things loves mozzarella, one of the most sought-after dairy products for its great taste and texture. 

Benefits:

1. Source of Biotin: Mozzarella cheese is a fine source of biotin, also called vitamin B7. Since this nutrient is water-soluble, the body does not store it. Pregnant women are advised to eat cheese to prevent potential biotin deficiency. This vitamin also stops nails from turning brittle. Studies have shown biotin can also lower blood glucose levels in diabetic people.

2. Source of Riboflavin: Also known as B2, riboflavin is part of the vitamin B complex family. It also has proven antioxidant properties.

3. Helps Make Bones Stronger: Mozzarella contains a high amount of calcium, a key mineral that is required for optimum bone and teeth health. One ounce of mozzarella cheese has 183 milligrams of calcium.

4. Source of Protein: One of the best benefits of mozzarella cheese is that it is high in protein. Eating this cheese keeps you energetic and boosts muscle strength.

 5. Source of Potassium: Potassium is another key mineral that is found in this cheese. Potassium helps battle the adverse effects caused by sodium consumption in humans, thus lowering blood pressure. 

A WORD OF CAUTION…

Mozzarella cheese contains a high amount of saturated fat, which can be a concern for cardiovascular health and weight issues. It is advisable to take this dairy product in moderation and opt for low-fat varieties.

COTTAGE CHEESE: 

Cottage cheese has long been a favorite among athletes and people trying to watch their weight. Mild and fresh, it’s made from curdled milk. After draining, the curds are washed to remove residual acids, giving cottage cheese a sweeter taste.

Benefits:

  1. Good source of magnesium. In the human body, most of the magnesium is concentrated in the bones. Magnesium also acts as a catalyst in promoting biochemical reactions. Thus, it activates various enzymes in the body, maintains muscle and nerve functioning, and supports the immune system. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and prevents heart attacks, constipation, psychiatric disorders, migraines, and collagen.
  2.  Rich in Protein. One of the biggest benefits of cottage cheese is the high amount of protein found in it. The amount of protein contained in cottage cheese is ideal for vegetarians in supplying them with the required amount of daily protein. Cottage cheese does not require any cooking so it is great for an on-the-go-quick protein.
  3. Can Aid Weight Loss. The protein in cottage cheese can keep you full, which means you are less likely to overeat. Cottage cheese is also known for its low-calorie count.

GOAT CHEESE:

Goat cheese is made from goat milk and is available in soft and hard forms, like other cheeses. Overall, it is healthier and better for you than the cheese made from cow milk. 

Benefits:

1. Low Fat: Goat cheese contains lesser amounts of fat than other cheeses. Replacing your regular cheese with goat cheese can help you reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Goat cheese contains just a little more than half the amount of fat as regular cheese. 

2. Fewer Calories: Goat cheese contains fewer calories than any other form of cheese made using cow milk. If you were to substitute cheddar with goat cheese, you would be effectively cutting 200-300 calories from your diet.

3. Good for lactose-intolerant People: Goat milk contains significantly lower amounts of lactose than regular milk. Lactose is usually lost when cheese is churned, and goat cheese thus contains an exceptionally low amount of lactose, making it ideal for people who suffer from lactose intolerance.

4. Low Sodium: Goat cheese contains less than half of the amount of sodium as regular cheese. If you are someone who cannot resist the cheese, you might want to switch to goat cheese.

5. Calcium-Rich: Goat cheese is especially rich in calcium, with greater calcium concentrations than cow-derived cheese.