By Katherine Webb
Most of us love cheese. It’s easy to eat with bread and adds zings of flavour to our favourite meals. But it’s also annoyingly good at expanding our waistlines. So how can we eat cheese without piling on the pounds?
- Swap goats cheese for cheddar. Cheddar accounts for 55 percent of UK cheese sales, but goat’s cheese is much healthier. A 1-ounce serving of goat’s cheese contains 70 calories, 45 of which are from fat. Cheddar contains 110 calories, with 80 from fat. So if you substitute a daily serving of cheddar for goat’s cheese you save almost 300 calories a week. Holy cow!
- Eat smaller portions. A ‘portion’ is officially 30g, which is about the size of a small matchbox. So that huge hunk of cheese you have with your crackers is probably a lot more than you need.
- Or, eat more portions. Agreed, this sounds counter-intuitive. Official guidelines recommend three portions of dairy each day. But researchers from an Australian University found that people who ate five portions of dairy each day lost more weight than those who just ate three portions. This is because cheese and other dairy are high in protein, filling us up and speeding up metabolism.
- Eat full fat cheese. Believe it or not, tucking into fatty cheese could help you gain fewer pounds according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Whole fat dairy contains coagulated linoleic acid which boosts metabolism. The trick is to consume only a single-ounce portion. Cheddar, parmesan, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella and goats cheese are all good choices.
- Eat cheese last. If you fill your stomach first then treat cheese as a dessert you won’t eat so much of it. You’ll also be less tempted to eat sugary puddings. Maybe that’s the reason French women are so slim.
You’d be crackers to give up cheese completely. We say enjoy it – alongside healthy portions of exercise.