Cheese fans rejoice! If you needed any other reasons to eat cheese, here are 8 more to add to your list:
- Cheese is all natural
Many people don’t realize that cheese is made from just four basic ingredients—milk, salt, starter culture and rennet.
- People eat the right amount of cheese per day
The average American eats 33.5 pounds of cheese each year. That might sound like a lot, but it’s only about 1.5 ounces per day—or just 1 of 3 recommended daily servings of dairy
- Cheese is a protein powerhouse
Cheese is an excellent natural source of high-quality protein. An average serving of cheese contains 10 grams of protein!
- Cheese is delicious and versatile
With more than 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin cheese, there’s a flavor or type for many palates.
- People don’t consume a lot of calories via cheese
Cheese contributes only 5% of total calories and 9% of total fat in the U.S. diet. Counting calories? Feta, mozzarella and ricotta naturally have fewer calories.
- Cheese helps build strong bones and teeth
Cheese is among the richest dietary sources of calcium. One serving provides about 20% of your daily calcium needs.
- There’s less sodium involved than you think
Cheese contributes only 8% of sodium in the U.S. diet. Softer, less-aged varieties, such as mozzarella, are great lower-sodium options.
- You can be lactose intolerant and still enjoy cheese
Lactose Intolerant? No problem. Look for aged cheeses, which have very low or no amounts of lactose. Check out the nutrition label on the package, if the sugar is zero, that means the cheese contains no more than half a gram of lactose per ounce.