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Is it OK to eat cheese in moderation?

Q: I know that cheese is high in cholesterol. But I think cheese also has its benefits for health. Is it OK if I consume cheese sometimes in small proportions? I am well built and I exercise regularly.

A:Cheese is a highly nutritive ingredient rich in proteins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium, and A and B complex vitamins. The consumption of 100 g of hard cheese completely satisfies the daily calcium requirements, and ensures about 40 to 50 per cent of daily protein requirements, and about 50 per cent of phosphorus requirements. Even though cheese can be high in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat that doesnt mean you need to avoid cheese altogether. However, it is important to pay attention to the type and amount of cheese you eat. - If you like to eat hard cheeses like cheddar, look for fat free, reduced fat or low fat on the label. - When looking for soft cheeses, low fat (1%), part-skim or light products are available. - Low fat, low cholesterol cheese generally have 50-75 percent of the fat in whole milk cheeses. Moderation is the key and consuming most food items in moderation is fine.

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