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So you probably don’t think of cheese as a healthy food. You probably associate it with foods like pizza and mac and cheese, which we’ll admit are far from what we would probably consider healthy. But not all cheese is unhealthy, and we’ll tell you why.

Cheese is generally pretty high in protein, and not always as high in fat as you might think. If you’re looking for a cheese that packs a big protein punch, try goat cheese — it weighs in at 5 grams of protein per ounce. When it comes to fat in cheese, the trick is to look for cheese that is made with part skim milk for a much lower fat content. Most shredded and cream cheeses are offered in reduced-fat options.

Even cheeses that are higher in calories and fat aren’t all bad — they’ll fill you up so you’ll eat less later. And they’re often full-flavor, so you don’t need to eat much. One that we really love is feta cheese. Feta weights in at only 75 calories per ounce, and you likely won’t need more than that on your salad to get lots of flavor. Feta cheese is also great for those who are sensitive to lactose since it’s usually made from goat milk.

Neufchâtel cheese is the bagel-lover’s dream come true. It tastes almost exactly like cream cheese but contains one-third of the fat. Neufchâtel cheese can also be used as a replacement for cream cheese in recipes and frostings.

Cottage cheese is also a great option when you’re looking to cut calories. It also packs about 15 grams of protein per serving. If you’re not a huge fan of the taste, try mixing it with fruit like pineapples or mangos to sweeten it up a little bit.

If you’re searching for the perfect slice of cheese to top off your turkey on rye, try provolone. Just one slice of provolone cheese will provide you with 21% of your daily recommended value of calcium.

So go ahead, and eat more cheese!

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