There are many rumours and misconceptions about cheese. One of these is that people trying to diet should cut out cheese, believing it to be unhealthy and packed full of fat. Yes, cheese does contain fat, but it also contains a number of other beneficial nutrients and, as a whole, has not been found to have a negative effect on weight. If you are trying to reduce your calorie or fat intake you can do so whilst still consuming moderate amounts of cheese as part of a healthy balanced diet. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • There are reduced-fat variants of your favourite hard cheese, Cheddar, such as half-fat farmhouse. The fat content of these cheeses can be as much as 50% lower than normal Cheddar.
  • Try using stronger tasting cheese in your cooked dishes - you should get the same flavour but use less cheese.
  • Grating your cheese expands the volume and means you should use less.
  • For lower-fat cheese recipe ideas see the Recipe section.