Laughing Cow is a brand that makes a variety of different unique and delicious cheeses. Known for their mascot—a happy, smiling cow—Laughing Cow is a favorite of adults and children alike. Some of the flavors of Laughing Cow cheeses, such as French onion and garlic and herb, are full-fat cheeses; others, such as the light original Swiss cheese, are available in reduced-fat and lower-calorie versions.
Most Laughing Cow cheeses come in small, round, individual serving sizes shaped like a wedge. According to the official website of the Laughing Cow company, the original creamy Swiss has 50 calories per wedge, while the light original Swiss flavor has only 35 calories per wedge. Since Laughing Cow cheeses are fairly low in calories, they are great for dieters or anyone watching their caloric intake.
A Laughing Cow wedge in original creamy Swiss has 4 g of total fat and 2.5 g of saturated fat, according to the company's website. One wedge of the light version of the Swiss flavor has 2 g of total fat and only 1 g of saturated fat. The American Heart Association explains that your body needs some fat for energy and to aid in the absorption of certain nutrients. While unsaturated fats, which come from foods like olive oil and avocado, are healthy for your heart, saturated fats are unhealthy for your heart and may raise your risk of heart disease and stroke, states the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 7 percent of your daily calories come from saturated fat.
Protein is important because it helps to strengthen the muscles and protect muscle mass. According to the Laughing Cow website, a wedge of Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese has 2.5 g of protein, while the regular version has 2 g of protein. Cheese is a great source of protein, and since Laughing Cow cheese is wrapped in individual servings, it is an easy snack to take on the go when you need a quick pick-me-up.
Cheese is an excellent source of calcium since it is made from milk. Both the Laughing Cow original creamy Swiss and the light version of the original creamy Swiss cheese both have about 6 percent of your daily recommended value of calcium per wedge, according to the Laughing Cow website. Calcium helps in strengthening and protecting bone mass, according to the National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements.
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Sarah Davis has worked in nutrition in the clinical setting and currently works as a licensed Realtor in California. Davis began writing about nutrition in 2006 and had two chapters published in "The Grocery Store Diet" book in 2009. She enjoys writing about nutrition and real estate and managing her website, RealtorSD.com. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition from San Diego State University.