If you are on low-fat or low-calorie diet, you don’t have to exclude cheese from the diet, particularly if you're fond of cheeses. Many dairy brands offer non-fat or low-fat cheeses to fulfill your cravings. Although non-fat cheeses are usually processed, some cheeses are naturally low-fat. Read the nutrition labels carefully before you purchase any type of cheese.
Non Fat American Cheese
Non-fat American cheese is high in phosphorus and a great source of calcium, zinc and Vitamin A. The nutrition labels vary with different brands. Usually, there are 31 calories, 1 percent carbohydrates, 0 percent fat and cholesterol, 11 to 13 percent sodium and 10 percent protein in single slice of cheese. In one slice serving, there are 21 grams of iron, 9 percent vitamin A, and 15 percent calcium.
Fat Free Cheddar Cheese
After having normal cheddar cheese, it can be difficult to develop taste for non-fat cheddar cheese. However, its a good compromise if you want to create a recipe containing traditional cheddar cheese. It is a great source of nutrition. Non-fat cheddar cheese may contain 0 percent fat and fiber, 40 to 45 calories, 8 to 9 g of protein, 2 g of carbohydrates and 12 percent sodium in a serving size of ¼ cup. Many brands offer fat-free sharp cheddar cheese as well.
Non Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Non-fat mozzarella cheese in a serving size of ¼ cup usually contains 45 calories, 0 percent fat, iron and potassium, 2 percent cholesterol, 12 percent sodium, 1 percent carbohydrates, 9 g protein, 10 percent vitamin A and 25 percent calcium. It can be difficult to develop taste for and cook with fat-free mozzarella cheese, however, it can be used to create baked pastas, pizzas, casseroles, lasagnas and soups.
Natural Low Fat Cheeses
Some cheeses are naturally low-fat and do not have any synthetic ingredients. They are satisfying in taste and may help you consume less. Based on a 1-oz. portion size, goat-cheese contains 6 g fat, 4 g saturated fat and 76 calories; parmesan cheese contains 7 g fat, 4 g saturated fat and 110 calories; feta contains 6 g fat, 4 g saturated fat and 75 calories; and provolone cheese contains 7 g fat, 5 g saturated fat and 100 calories.
Dr. Muhammad Haq has been writing for over 10 years on medicine and health issues in the "British Medical Journal" and on various websites. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in medicine and obtained membership in the Royal College of Physicians in the U.K. Dr. Haq has been teaching in the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital since.