For many people pursuing a healthier diet, cheese is something they sacrifice in the belief that it’s unhealthy. But is it really? The answer depends very much on which cheese – and how much of it – you’re eating.
Cheddar is a widely popular semi-hard cheese originating in England, in a village in Somerset (of course the village is called Cheddar!) It’s the most popular type of cheese in the UK, and the second most popular – behind mozzarella – in the US, which consumes around 4.5kg per capita.
Made from cow’s milk that’s been matured for several months, it usually takes an off-white or yellow colour, and ranges in taste from mild to extra sharp. As a cheese, it’s relatively healthy – not only does it normally contain less saturated fat than traditional American cheese, it has twice the protein of processed cheeses, perfect for those basing their diet around whole foods.
A 30 gram block of cheddar contains 7 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, zero carbs, fibre, or sugar, and just 115 calories. It also packs in 20% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of calcium). In addition to this, it’s a rich source of Vitamins A and K, particularly K2. This is important for heart and bone health, as it prevents calcium being deposited in the walls of arteries and veins.
That hefty protein punch means cheddar is a great source for the macronutrient, and as it’s calorie-dense, it has a high satiation factor – this means it makes you feel fuller for longer, which in turn can help you actually lose weight in the long run. Cheddar is also perfectly compatible with keto and other low-carb diets, and as it’s typically low in lactose, even those who are lactose intolerant can enjoy small servings with feeling bloated or suffering from an upset stomach.
In short, cheddar is healthier than you think and, enjoyed in moderation, there’s no reason to cut it from your diet whatever your long term food or health goals are. We carry several different brands and varieties of cheddar, from mild to sharp, and smoked to aged, so why not add one of the world’s best cheeses to your cart today?