Good or Bad for You? The Verdict on Cheese

It may contain bone-boosting calcium but it's also high in calories and fat. Confused? Read on to get the real scoop. (10 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Dec 6, 2010 at 9:26AM

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Good or Bad for You? The Verdict on Cheese

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Are Bolder Cheeses Better for You?

The Claim: Full-fat cheeses are better for you than low- or no-fat versions.

The Bottom Line: Nope, low fat cheeses contain the same amount of nutrients (such as bone-building calcium and vitamin D) as their full-fat counterparts without the health-sapping saturated fat. One downside of slimmer slices: Low-fat or fat-free cheeses tend to taste blander than full-fat products, since fat is a major carrier for flavor.

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