Real cheese choices
Options for a low-fat lifestyle
A low-fat lifestyle and the pleasures of cheese don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Some cheeses are naturally low in fat, and many of today’s fat-trimmed cheeses have satisfying flavors, ranging from mild to sharp, although they tend to be less complex than their full-fat counterparts. And they do melt, if not quite as well.
Compared with its role model, a trimmed-down cheese may have only a few grams less fat per ounce (see chart below). But if you cook with cheese by the cupful, this can make a difference. Reduced-fat cheese contains at least 25 percent less fat than regular. Light cheese contains one-third fewer calories or 50 percent less fat. Low-fat cheese must have no more than 3 grams of fat per ounce. Part-skim mozzarella cheese has 26 percent less fat.