In general, cheese contains a host of nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, folate, iodine, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B12 and Calcium. But cheese is an umbrella term, representing many different types, flavours and textures. The nutrient content of various cheeses differs depending on how they are made. We thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at the calorie, fat and calcium contents of some of the more popular cheeses.
From the table below you can see that all cheese contains calcium, although some types provide much more than others. Mozzerella, Edam and Halloumi are good calcium sources of calcium and not too high in fat and calories. Although Cottage is very much lower in fat and calories, it is a much poorer source of calcium too.
A serving is 25g of hard cheese (approximately one slice), two servings is 50g. The dept of health recommend three servings of dairy (milk, cheese or yogurt) per day for adults (teenagers need 5 because of their growing skeletons). So in short, cheese can be a delicious part of a healthy balanced diet when enjoyed in moderation.
Reference: Nutritics. (2019). Research Edition (v5.096) [Computer software]. Dublin. Retrieved from www.nutritics.com.
IE-CH-726(1) Date of Preparation March 2022