The truth and the myths about fat in cheese

the truths about fat content in cheese

Zoe Harcombe a health expert and nutritionist, has written this week in the Daily Mail an appeal to re-instate well made fresh foods that contain higher fat levels into our diet. We couldnt agree more and will forever sing the praises of how important cheese is as a dietry component and a superb source of many vitamins and minerals.

Here are a few basic myths about fat content in quality cheese:

Yes cheese does contain fat, but perhaps not as much as you think. In a recent survey by the Bristish Cheese Board, 36% of consumers thought that cheese has more than 50% fat. Wrong! Most Cheddar cheese actually contains about 34% fat and the rest made up of water and proteins. A 30 gram serving of Cheddar only contains 125 calories.

However, and we feel this is the really important bit: apart from the fat, cheese is a nutrient dense food also delivering key nutrients such as calcium, protein and vitamins A, D and B12. Slimline self-confessed cheese lovers include Vernon Kay, Helena Christensen and Denise Van Outen. Helena Christensen even refers to it as 'incredibly sensual.'

So let's put it into perspective: we require a certain amount of fat in our diet and its better to get that from a food source that is also so beneficial in other ways. Also cheese is an 'honest' source that can be trusted: it's not loaded with extra sugars or other unwanted, man-made nasties.

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geoff metcalfe on Wed May 16, 2012, 13:54:56

Thank goodness it is doing me good, as all types of cheese are one of my favourite foods, especially with crusty new bread! As always its everything in moderation and only occasionally go mad!

John Smith on Sat July 18, 2009, 23:08:56

It's simple really, just eat a balanced diet.

When you do have a treat every once in a while, eat less but eat the best. So go for small amounts of the most expensive tastiest cheeses or chocolate etc.

Celebrities and Cheese on Sat May 16, 2009, 10:22:49

A good point well made. Cheese is fat + goodness. Chocolate, crisps etc are fat and badness. I know where I'm going for my treat.

Rosemary Potter on Thu April 30, 2009, 17:53:36

I have always disliked meat so I have always looked to cheese as a good source of protein. I was always led to believe that cheese is good for one's teeth as well. I am 50 now and am one of those lucky people who has never needed a filling or anything done to my teeth,apart from having an impacted wisdom tooth removed.

I agree with Filipe (above) in that you should be choosy about your fat intake..

Mary on Thu April 23, 2009, 16:46:03

Love your current spread, latest articles and the reassuring news that artisan cheese has only 34 % fat...

Filipe Gill-Pedro on Thu April 23, 2009, 13:24:51

Right on, Big Cheese!

Moreover, be choosy about the fat you intake. Forget all those crisps, chocolate bars and donuts. Eat good, artisan cheese, preferably with some good red wine.

Keep up the good work.
A Portuguese fan.

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