Cheese, Swiss, nonfat or fat free

Fun Facts

  1. Swiss cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, but it is also calorie-dense and high in saturated fat, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and memory loss, not to mention impede your weight-loss efforts.
  2. Choosing reduced-fat or fat-free Swiss cheese is a great way to take advantage of its nutritional benefits while minimizing unhealthy extras.
  3. The calcium in Swiss cheese helps maintain healthy blood pressure. (Note: Since most cheeses are high in sodium, people with high blood pressure should eat only moderate amounts, choose low-sodium brands, and factor the sodium content into their daily totals.)
  4. If you get migraine headaches, it’s important to know that aged cheeses like Swiss are a common trigger.
  5. Look for cheeses that are reduced-fat and fat-free to take advantage of the nutritional benefits of cheese without any of these disadvantages. And watch out for sodium too! Cheese can contain a lot of sodium, which is especially problematic if you’re concerned about your blood pressure. Read the labels and seek out cheeses that are low in sodium.

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