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The Truth and the Myths about Fat in Cheese

23 April 2009 — Features

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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