The United States is the largest cheese producing country in the world. There are over 600 different varieties of U.S. cheeses, making cheese a versatile option to enhance our meals and snacks with both flavor and nutrition.
Nutrients in cheese.
Calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12 are just a few of the top nutrients found in cheese. Like other dairy foods, cheese can help individuals better meet their nutrient needs in a flavorful and versatile way. One serving of cheese is one and one-half ounces of hard cheese, one-third cup for grated cheese and two ounces for processed cheese.
With over 600 different varieties of U.S. cheese, everyone can find a cheese option that meets their unique dietary requirements. For individuals with lactose intolerance, many cheese varieties can serve as a great option. Since natural aged cheeses such as Cheddar, Swiss, Colby and Monterey Jack contain little or no lactose (milk’s sugar), they are well-tolerated by many individuals with lactose intolerance. In addition, cheese consumption has been linked to improved bone health and some cheeses may reduce the risk of tooth decay. Most natural cheeses are also gluten-free.
Five great ways to add cheese to your day.
Sprinkle it. Top your salad or your favorite omelet with mozzarella or feta.
Melt it. Add melted Cheddar cheese to your favorite pasta dish.
Spread it. Cream cheese and ricotta are perfect for spreading on bagels.
Top it. Top whole grain crackers with slices of cheese. Or finish off your sandwich with a slice of provolone or Swiss.