Cheese adds flavor and smoothness to many dishes and recipes, and is a good source of calcium and protein. Depending on the type, it can also be high in fats, including saturated fat since cheese in an animal-derived food. Consuming too much fat can lead to weight gain and other health problems, but identifying high-fat cheeses and choosing lower-fat varieties can help you avoid these issues. Knowing which cheeses are higher in fat than others can help an individual make healthy choices about which cheeses to eat and which ones to limit.
Cheddar cheese is one of the most versatile cheeses, and the most commonly purchased cheeses, says Cheese.com. Originally only made in England, this cheese is manufactured throughout the world. When fully mature, a full wheel typically resembles a drum, with a natural rind. It naturally looks white to pale yellow, but dyes may be added to give it an orange color. Made from cow's milk, cheddar typically matures for nine to 24 months, according to Cheese.com. Cheddar cheese is a relatively fattening cheese. According to Nutrientfacts.com, 1 ounce of this cheese contains 10 grams of fat, with 6 grams of saturated fat.
Brie cheese originates from France and is the most widely known French cheese, says Cheese.com. This cheese is different in France than it is in other countries. In France, Brie is unstabilized and is colored with a hint of brown when it matures. Exported brie never fully matures, extending its shelf life and preventing bacterial contamination. It is typically packaged in 1- or 2-kilogram wheels, placed into wooden boxes. It's made from cow's milk and 1 ounce of the cheese contains 10 grams of fat, with half saturated fat, according to Nutrientfacts.com.
Gruyere cheese originated in Switzerland and is a cheese derived from cow's milk. It's unpasteurized, hard and yellow, with many holes, says Food.com. It may also be a slightly brownish color. The cheese is cured for three to 10 months, and the longer it is cured, the better the cheese. A 1-ounce serving contains 10 grams of total fat, with 5 grams of saturated fat, according to Nutrientfacts.com.
Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
Ricotta cheese is typically made from cow's milk, although this was not always the case. Mangia Bene Pasta explains that this type of cheese was originally made from the leftover whey from making pecorino cheese, a type of cheese made from ewe's milk. It is white in color, soft and granular. When made with skim milk, this cheese can be low fat, but if made with whole milk, a 1/2-cup serving contains 15 grams of fat, with 10 grams saturated.
Most cheeses, including cheddar, gruyere and ricotta, are available in low-fat or non-fat varieties. Low-fat cheeses contain 50 percent or less than the high-fat varieties, and non-fat types are entirely fat-free. These cheeses make good substitutes when eaten fresh and, in some cases, can be substituted in recipes measure for measure with full-fat cheese. Choosing low- or non-fat cheeses over full-fat cheese can help with a weigh loss program, while also lowering your intake of saturated fat.