What's The Best and Worst Cheese for Your Waistline?

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What's The Best and Worst Cheese for Your Waistline?

Find out how many calories are in your favorite cheese, from American to Swiss, to learn which are best and worst for your waistline.

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We love to use creamy ricotta in lasagna and cheesecake. Here's another reason to love ricotta: one ounce of whole milk ricotta cheese has only 49 calories, making it one of the lowest calorie options!

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Creamy and salty feta cheese is great in salads and pasta. Among the most popular cheeses, feta is an excellent low calorie choice! One ounce of feta cheese has about 75 calories.

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At about 78 calories for an ounce of low-sodium mozzarella, this creamy and soft cheese sits on the lower end of the calorie spectrum. However, we tend to consume mozzarella in large portions, such as a topping for pizza, so it's easy for the calories to add up!

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A one-ounce slice of provolone has 98 calories—stick to one slice to add a zing of sharp flavor in your sandwiches.

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Pungent in aroma and characterized by a unique streaky appearance, blue cheese, which includes varieties like Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Stilton, is tasty in salads, dressings and dips. However, watch your portion size—there's about 100 calories in an ounce of generic blue cheese.

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A one-ounce slice of Monterey Jack cheese has 104 calories—not necessarily the healthiest option, especially when consumed in large quantities like in a quesadilla!

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At 104 calories per ounce of American cheese, this mild-flavored processed cheese is another not-so-stellar choice when watching your waistline, especially when comparing its nutritional content.

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A one-ounce slice of Swiss cheese has 106 calories. One ounce is the equivalent of a one inch-cube of cheese and is about the amount you'd find in a slice of quiche. As long as you keep portions in check, Swiss can be part of a healthy diet, and in comparison to other cheese can be a nutritionally smarter choice.

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Although an ounce slice of cheddar cheese has 113 calories, a small amount can still deliver tons of flavor to your dish—eat in moderation!

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One ounce of Parmesan cheese has 122 calories, making it one of the highest calorie options. However, this hard cheese is usually reserved as a grated topping for dishes. A tablespoon of Parmesan cheese has only 22 calories and still provides a boost of flavor to your dishes!

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Since Americans are now eating more cheese than ever there are plenty of reasons to take a deeper look at our favorite fromage!

Cheese can be high in calories due to its fat content, but when eaten in moderation any cheese can be part of a healthy diet. For healthy cheese eating tips, we recommend choosing flavorful cheeses for the most impact in your dishes (a little goes a long way with these ones!) and limiting your portions. You can also opt for low-fat cheeses to cut down on calories. Curious to know how many calories are in your favorite cheese? Take a look at the calorie counts of 10 of the most popular cheeses, from American to Swiss, to find out which are best and worst for your waistline.

Check out the slideshow above to discover which cheeses are best and worst for your waistline.

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