Did you know that cheese is one of the top sources of saturated fat in the American diet?
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And saturated fats are linked to health issues.
A strong body of evidence indicates that higher intake of most dietary saturated fatty acids is associated with higher levels of blood total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Higher total and LDL cholesterol levels are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Consuming less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids and replacing them with monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fatty acids is associated with low blood cholesterol levels, and therefore a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. via: Cheese 101.
How can you enjoy cheese but control your use? Try these:
- Avoid processed cheeses such as American or Cheez Whiz. These include artificial ingredients and flavorings.
- Choose lower-fat and lower-sodium cheeses if you like the flavor of a particular cheese.
- Use smaller amounts of flavorful cheeses such as asiago or Roquefort.
- Sprinkle a small amount of intensely-flavored cheese on top of a leafy green salad, or use a crumble of cheese on a sandwich.
- Instead of using cheese as the primary flavoring in recipes, use a small amount of cheese as one of many different flavor components. For example, instead of a grilled cheese sandwich, use less cheese and add baby spinach and a spicy mustard for more intense flavors.
- Use 1 ounce of pre-packaged cheeses such as mini Babybel or part-skim milk string cheese for a snack, along with a piece of fruit or some raw vegetables.
via: Cheese 101.
Use the following chart to help with your choices: