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How to be heart smart about cheese
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD posted:
Yes, it's true...cheese is a a source of fat, cholesterol and more importantly, saturated fat. So what can we do about using cheese in recipes when we are trying to trim down and/or eat less fat and saturated fat for our heart?

Tip #1  Switch to reduced fat cheese whenever possible
There are some great tasting reduced fat cheeses available, making it easier than ever to switch to these lighter options in recipes. And when you do, the calories will decrease by 30%, the fat grams by about 40% and the saturated fat by a third! But the calcium and protein will still be high!

Tip #2  Sometimes you have to use regular cheese, so use half as much
There are situations when a particular type of cheese is needed for the recipe and a reduced fat version is not an option--like is the case with parmesan cheese, brie, gruyere, etc. In these types of recipes, reach for the real cheese, just use less and you might also be able to cut back on fat and saturated fat in other steps and ingredients in the recipe.

Tip #3  Pair cheese with healthy food partners
Since cheese is a source of saturated fat, try to pair it with lower fat and higher fiber food partners such as pears, whole wheat pasta, whole grains, beans, even vegetables instead of high fat crackers, pastry, or high fat meats like salami or sausage.
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