What about fat?
Fat, like carbohydrates and protein, is essential to getting all the nutrients you need every day. The key is moderation. Although cheese can be a higher source of fat than other milk products, its protein, vitamin and mineral content makes it a nutritious food that can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
What about heart health?
Scientific evidence shows that consuming milk products, even cheese, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.(1) Moreover, despite its sodium content, cheese does not have an unfavourable impact on blood pressure and can be consumed as part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which is a way of eating well to help reduce the risk of hypertension.
In conclusion, there are countless varieties of cheese with different fat levels—from fresh, soft and semi-soft to firm and blue-veined—so there is definitely something for everyone. Discover new flavours and feel good about enjoying cheese as part of a balanced and healthy diet.
1. Drouin-Chartier JP et al. Systematic review of the association between dairy products consumption and risk of cardiovascular-related clinical outcomes. Adv Nutr 2016;7:1026-1040.