Ask: Which cheeses have the least calories?

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Question : I’m cutting back on calories to lose extra pounds. I really don’t want to give up cheese. Which cheeses have the least calories?

Not all cheese is created equal.

Cheese is often considered off limit when dieting simply because it’s dairy. Most people assume all cheeses are created equal, but luckily there is a ton of variety in their fat content and calorie counts. It is recommended that you steer clear of heavy cheeses like cheddar and brie (‘triple cream’, anyone?) when you’re cutting back on calories because they can pack up to 100 calories per ounce.

Check out these low calories cheeses. They’re versatile and full of flavor to satisfy your cravings and give your lunch and dinner some zest.

Parmesan (20 calories per tablespoon): two tablespoons of parmesan on your chicken, salad or whole wheat pasta will add a ton of flavor with zero guilt.

Feta cheese (75 calories per ounce): Feta is a flavorful alternative to more fatty cheeses. Just half an ounce will pack a punch for your salad or veggies. There are often several feta cheese choices at the supermarket, each with their own fat content and subsequent calorie count. Read the labels carefully to ensure you’re purchasing the right one.

Goat cheese (75 calories per ounce): Goat cheese tastes like a tangy cream cheese and can be used in a variety of ways. Spread it on your bread in place of mayonnaise to add some protein to your meal. Have it as a started on whole-wheat crackers. Sprinkle it on your salad for an added punch. Goat cheese can be stored in your fridge for 2 to 3 weeks, so you’re not going to risk wasting this one.

Mozzarella, partly skim (70 calories per ounce): The star of the show on your pizza and in your Panini, mozzarella can go a long way to a gooey, tasty meal. If you’re planning to make lasagna, which requires a lot of cheese, pick mozzarella to significantly cut back on calories.

Camembert (85 calories per ounce): Camembert goes beautifully with crackers, dried fruit and nuts. Serve this up at your next dinner party and your guests will be impressed, and satisfied

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