Vitality

Top 5 Healthiest Cheese Types

The salty, fatty goodness of cheese makes it so addicting. Its distinct smell makes it even more appetizing. It’s no wonder why some people cannot fully commit to vegetarian diets. Cheese is just so good to omit from one’s diet.

Despite having a bad rap for being high in fat, “Eating in Color” author Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, said cheese actually has nutrients to offer, like protein and calcium. But it’s also important to note that not all cheese are equal in this aspect. There are highly processed cheese types available in the market that are actually not good for you.

Mindbodygreen consulted with the experts to find out which cheese types are the healthiest, and we’ve listed the top five for you.

Goat Cheese

Goat cheese has less lactose compared to cow’s milk, making it a good option for people with lactose intolerance. It is also less likely to cause gastrointestinal discomfort due to its A2 casein content. Goat cheese is also a good source of vitamin A, which boosts the immune system and has antioxidant properties.

Mozzarella

Many people love mozzarella, and we can’t blame them for that. This type of cheese has a milky flavor and a soft, moist texture. And now there’s more reason to love it even more since it has lower sodium content than other cheese types. It also contains 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium per serving.

Ricotta

Even though ricotta is commonly made using remnants of other cheeses, it is actually healthier than other cheese types out there. This repurposed cheese has a high content of whey protein, which promotes muscle growth and strengthens the muscles. It is also a good source of certain amino acids such as leucine, which promotes muscle and bone repair. Ricotta also offers a decent amount of calcium and has lower sodium content compared to other cheese types.

Parmesan

Its rich umami flavor makes parmesan very tempting for cheese lovers. What’s good about parmesan is that it gets better as it ages longer. Its lactose content diminishes in time so people with sensitivities

and lactose intolerance can easily enjoy this aged cheese. Parmesan is high in protein, calcium and phosphorus, making it the best choice for athletes and people with very active lifestyles.

Cheddar Cheese

Just like parmesan, cheddar cheese also gets better with a lengthier aging process. So it is also a good choice for those with lactose intolerance. But cheddar is also a good source of vitamin K2, which helps prevent calcium buildup in the arteries surrounding the heart. This means it can prevent heart disease from happening.

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