3 Reasons Why I Choose Parmigiano!

It’s no secret that cheese is, and has been for many years, a fantastic source of calcium and protein in a healthy diet. But which type of cheese gives us the best benefits with the least amount fat?

P1030809-001

Sources of Calcium:

It’s important to know that vegetables, nuts, and grains give us plenty of calcium, and we would do good to make this our main source–another reason why it’s so important to eat our greens!!  Fish and eggs are also very good sources. Typically the main source of calcium intake these day’s come from milk, yogurt and cheese. Which is all good and part of a balanced diet. But seeing that I like to eat most foods (healthy calories and complex carbs) usually with the “full-fat” option, I thought it would be fun to do a little research on cheese. I sometimes like to see which one is the lesser of the evil when it comes to choosing what would naturally be the “less fat” option without doing the “fat-free“, if you get where I’m coming from…or how my brain ticks!!

Common Cheeses: 

Aside from processed cheeses–which are not on my healthy list in any case–there are different types of cheese that you would probably want to eat less of, or maybe not use as your daily staple cheese, as the fat content can be deceiving. Most people automatically think that French cheeses are number 1 on the High Fat list, but funny enough the staple “Cheddar” ranks higher than either Brie or Camembert. Here is a quick list of 10 common cheeses and the amount of calories per serving.

Per 30 grams (recommended amount per serving).

Cheddar Cheese = 112 calories

Swiss Cheese = 95 calories

Brie = 96 calories

Camembert = 85 calories

Cream Cheese = 132 calories

Parmeggiano = 122 calories

Feta = 75 calories

Gouda = 113 calories

Swiss =95 calories

Mozzarella = 87 calories

As you can see Parmigiano also ranks high in calories if not just above the staple Cheddar cheese. So why is Parmigiano on my good list you ask?

P1030829-001
This is one portion = 30 grams

3 Reasons Why I Choose Parmigiano!

Reason 1:

High in Calcium – yes it’s high in calories, but the main nutritional source I’m looking for here to keep my bones healthy is calcium. Per 30 grams of the recommended serving it ranks a whopping 314 mg of calcium (Cheddar 204 mg, Camembert 110 mg, Feta 140 mg).

Reason 2:

Source of protein – with the recommended average of protein for adult women being around 46 grams, just 1 serving of Parmigiano will give about 11 grams of protein.

Reason 3:

Likely to eat less – it may be ranked in the higher end of the calorie scale, but I believe in the end we will be consuming less calories due too its rich flavor. As just one little block will do the trick in satisfying the taste buds, it will most likely help us avoid eating more than recommended…unlike some of the other high calorie cheeses that you could put several slices of on your lunch sandwich.

Way’s to Include Parmigiano into your Diet:

Being half Italian, I of course love this cheese! There were day’s when I lived in Africa that I dreamed of eating huge blocks of it! It was like gold! And it was as pricey as gold when you did find it!  In my opinion this cheese is pretty versatile as you can use it in pasta, minestrone, salad, risotto, pesto, as a melt on baked dishes, etc. For lunch, I’ve replaced my usual butter and very thick slice/slices of Cheddar cheese for pesto in my sandwich. Talk about best of both!!

With the above said, enjoying a delicious cheese platter from time to time will do no harm, but as far as daily consumption is concerned I hope these few facts help you when deciding on which cheese to eat, or being aware of how much!

 

6 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why I Choose Parmigiano!

      1. Your right, Nutella isn’t healthy in many way’s besides the high sugar content. Watch this space for my Healthy Homemade Nutella Recipe! It’s so easy and delicious. Coming soon!!!

        Like

  1. Anna

    I just want to add that it’s fantastic for babies, not newborns of course, but when they start on solids you can sprinkle some parmigiano on their food and it’s very nourishing. W Parmigiano!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s