Is Cheese Good for You?

From biting into a delicious Cheddar cheese paired with crunchy apples to stretchy mozzarella cheese on a steaming hot veggie pizza, cheese plays a role in some of our favorite foods.

Plus, it comes in so many varieties, there’s certainly something for everyone’s taste. But, did you know cheese can also help you get some of the nutrients your body needs?

Like milk, cheese contains calcium, which can help build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It also contains phosphorus, which can help with bone health, as well as supports tissue growth.

Here’s a closer look at the nutrients that can be found in one serving (think 1.5 ounces, or the size of four dice) of low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese:  

6 Ways Cheese Can Help Your Body (Infographic)

Cheese provides a number of important nutrients but it also contributes calories, saturated fat and sodium to the diet. The key to enjoying food, including delicious cheese, is moderation.

These nutrients can vary depending on your favorite type of cheese. Check its packaging to learn more.

If you do look at the packaging, you may notice the food labels will start to look a little different. While the nutrients in cheese haven’t changed, the Food and Drug Administration is updating how foods, including cheese, should be labeled. Click here to learn more.

Have more questions about cheese? We dive into the basics and common questions here

 

This post was originally published 1/16/2017.

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