I have heard that white colored cheeses (feta, asiago, etc.) are better for you then orange colored cheeses such as Colby or Cheddar. Is that true?

Cheese in general can be a healthy addition to your diet. Many cheeses contain 200-300 milligrams of calcium per ounce. One study suggests that certain cheeses may even help prevent dental caries. However, cheese is generally higher in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat and if consumed in excess, may increase risk of heart disease. A moderate intake of cheese can be a good way to get extra calcium and protein.

Some white cheeses (feta, asiago, gorgonzola, parmesan) contain a stronger flavor than orange cheeses (cheddar or colby). Because of the strong flavor, one generally would use less of the cheese, thereby contributing fewer calories, grams of fat and cholesterol. However, many different types of cheeses contain different amounts of fat. I would advise you to check the labels on various cheeses to find grams of fat and cholesterol. Another suggestion would be to select low fat cheese. These cheeses generally contain approximately 30% less fat than regular cheeses. Keep in mind that the lower the fat content of the cheese, the harder it is to melt.

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