While the internet is still buzzing about the new viral ‘Butter Board’ trend, snack board purists will remember the blueprint: the charcuterie board. Filled with cheese, crackers, and sometimes marmalade and some dark chocolate, the boards are the hallmark of book clubs and housewarming parties.
While they certainly give off an air of luxury, the contents of a charcuterie table can be extremely rich. If you’re on a wellness journey or want to offer guests something a little lighter, you don’t need to ditch the board altogether.
What is the healthiest cheese?
Chelsey Amer, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, told USA TODAY that this is not a question with a direct answer. Amer is an MS, RDN, CDN and owner of Chelsey Amer Nutrition
“As a dietitian focused on a healthy relationship with food, there really isn’t one ‘healthiest’ cheese,” she wrote in an email. Amer says her next recommendation is cottage cheese because it’s high in protein and fat filling. And it’s a great low-sodium option.
Amer also recommends ricotta and mozzarella as great low-sodium, high-protein options.
Is Cheese Good For You?
A subjective question, for sure. Everything is under control. While cheese has some Health benefits It can also prove unduly unhealthy.
Depending on your dietary restrictions, here are some healthy options offered by Amer:
- Mozzarella cheese is rich in protein and low in sodium.
- Cottage cheese is low in fat but higher in sodium.
- Ricotta cheese is also lower in fat but higher in sodium.
- Feta cheese is low in calories but also has less protein and more sodium.
- Goat cheese is also low in calories but higher in sodium and not rich in protein.
“Most cheeses vary very little in terms of protein, sodium and fat content,” says Amer. “So prioritize taste and satisfaction because a little can go a long way.”
Does cheese have protein?
Correct. “All cheese contains protein because it is made from milk, however, not all cheeses are considered equal in terms of protein content,” says Amer.
Amer says Cottage cheese ranks high on that list, with about 13 grams of protein per 100 calories serving. Other “table cheese” cheeses, like mozzarella, gouda, feta, or goat cheese, contain only about 4-8 grams of protein per 100-calorie serving.
Which cheese is anti-inflammatory?
Despite the popular belief, cheese and milk in general do not cause inflammation, Amer said.
Thus, no cheese is truly “anti-inflammatory” in Amer’s book. She recommends the best way to approach anti-inflammatory eating is to stick to an overall diet instead. healthy diet Overall meaning is a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, omega-3 fat axitwhole grains and milk (including cheese.)
What are the least processed cheeses?
Amer emphasizes that all cheeses are processed because the process of draining and hardening is required in production. Of course, there are some cheeses that are more processed than others. Here are some minimally processed options:
- ricotta cheese
- Goat cheese
- Feta Cheese
What is the healthiest cheese for a sandwich?
When you’re at the snack bar and don’t know what to choose, fresh mozzarella may be your healthiest choice, Amer advises.
Mozzarella is rich in protein and calcium, and it’s also lower in sodium than many other cheeses, Amer explains.
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