5 Ways to Eat Cheese Without Guilt

Love cheese but feel guilty about having too much of it in your diet? Here are some quick fixes.

1. Choose hard cheeses.

Parmesan and Romano (the real stuff, not the stuff in the green can) pack a wallop of flavor in a small amount. Two grated tablespoons contain less than 4 grams of fat, about 2 of them saturated. Even better: Look for low-fat versions.

2. Shred your cheese.

Then just sprinkle over your burrito
or salad instead of laying on slices or tossing in chunks.
You’ll use less, saving calories and fat.

3. Go for soft cheeses.

Skim or nonfat ricotta or farmer’s
cheese, goat cheese, and feta are often lower in fat than
other cheeses. And like hard cheeses, a little goes a
long way.

4. Go for the flavor.

Just a tiny bit of strongly flavored
cheese such as blue cheese can transform a salad without
transforming your waistline.

5. Have a slice.

An ounce (28 grams) of processed cheese
has just 4 grams of fat per slice and 60 calories, compared
to cheddar, with 9 grams of fat and 114 calories.

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