Ready to cut the cheese? We’ve rounded up a list of the better-for-you cheese options and followed it up with some of the worst cheeses at the grocery store.
Mini Babybel Light
As far as snacking goes, this cheese wheels it’s way to number one in my book! With just 3 grams of fat and 2 grams saturated, this snack has less saturated fats than a Laughing Cow Wedge, and it packs triple the metabolism-boosting protein, with as much as an egg! Despite the “light” label only milk, salt, and enzymes make it on the ingredient list, passing our simplicity test with flying colors.
Cabot Vermont Cheese Premium Naturally Aged Cheddar Seriously Sharp
A dietitian go-to with 7 grams of protein, a portion size of this rich cheese selection will fill you up and satisfy even the most serious savory hankering. Why is this a favorite? It’s good quality, natural, and has minimal ingredients—the perfect addition to your next cheese board.
Applegate Naturals American-Style Colby Cheese Slices
Free of genetically engineered growth hormones such as rBGH (banned in other countries around the world because of links to possible increases in cancer), this all American cheese is our favorite addition to your burger. And speaking of burgers, cutting calories in between the bun is cool, but how about ditching it all together?
Nikos Feta Cheese 8 oz Square
With a whole lot of flavor and a naturally low calorie and fat content, feta cheese is some peoples favorite go-to salad topper. This brand, unlike most that already come crumbled in a mixture of additives and non-caking agents, keeps the ingredient list simple with just dairy, enzymes, and salt. Speaking of sodium though, feta cheese tends to pack a lot of it, although choosing a serving of this block versus popular brand Athenos Fat-Free feta will save you 90 milligrams.
Horizon Organic American Slices
With only three simple ingredients this time, Horizon Organic got it right with this one. “Instead of slathering your burger with BBQ sauce, slap on a slice of this organic cheese to add healthy fats, boost satiety, and cut down on belly-ballooning sugar, by cutting out added sugar you can reverse pre-diabetes diagnosis by cutting out added sugars from your diet with simple and tasty hacks like this one.
Good Culture Whole Milk Classic Cottage Cheese
Made with organic milk from cows not treated with rBST and containing active and live culture probiotics, this protein-packed cottage cheese is a home run.
Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese
This aged sweet and nutty cheese comes from only grass-fed cow milk. A 2018 study on grass-fed milk found a marked difference from both organic and grain-fed cows in levels of omega fatty acids. Grass-fed cow milk contained a more optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 acids, which can help to suppress health issues that include cardiovascular, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases.
Treeline Cheese Classic Aged Nut Cheese
Of all possible vegan options, this cheese takes the dairy free cake. Made from only 5 ingredients, the first being cashew nuts, this tangy cheese is as simple as it versatile—great for pasta, salads, or standing alone on a cheese board! The cashews up the fat content but also provide a great source of protein and iron that you won’t find in other dairy-free alternatives.
Laughing Cow Original Creamy Swiss Cheese
Recently free of additive carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from seaweed which has been linked to abdominal inflammation and discomfort, this cheese earns it’s spot back on our best list after it’s temporary trip down our worst. I like these creamy wedges for portion control, because with cheese this delicious, stopping at one serving size can be a challenge.
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