Cheese, cheddar, reduced fat

Fun Facts

  1. The dairy food group is the top source of dietary calcium in the American diet.
  2. Cheese is more than just calcium; it also provides high-quality protein needed to help stay healthy.
  3. For those with lactose intolerance, cheese can be an important source of calcium. Natural cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and Swiss contain minimal amounts of lactose, because most of the lactose is removed when the curds are separated from the whey in the cheese making process.
  4. According to the Institute of Medicine, those with lactose intolerance can rely on cheese as a source of calcium: “… virtually unrestricted amounts of reduced-fat hard cheeses with very low amounts of lactose may be ingested to ensure adequate intakes of calcium.”
  5. Cheese is the No. 2 source of dietary calcium for Americans.

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