non-fat cheese

If you’re trying to lose weight, then you’re probably hyper-aware of the calories of your favorite foods.

Cheese, while delicious and savory and good melted on top of just about anything, is a high-fat, high-calorie food that you may want to eat in moderation. Instead of giving up cheese altogether, many people opt for the “lighter” option in the form of nonfat cheese, especially the shredded varieties.

But while nonfat cheese is a lower-calorie option, it’s totally not worth it according to Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, author of Joy’s Simple Food Remedies.

“[Nonfat cheeses] taste a bit plastic and don’t melt well, so they leave you feeling unsatisfied,” Joy told POPSUGAR. “These aren’t worth it, in my opinion.” If you’re unsatisfied, you’re more likely to reach for more of your favorite comfort foods to fill that void which could derail your weight-loss progress.

Instead, she recommends two percent reduced-fat shredded cheeses of all flavors: part-skim mozzarella, Mexican blend, or cheddar.

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“They melt beautifully, just like regular, and have the same indulgent flavor for a bit less saturated fat and fewer calories,” Joy said. “And thanks to the ‘shred factor,’ you can sprinkle a few handfuls over an omelet, salad, burger, and more! Most varieties typically contain just 80 calories per quarter cup serving while offering up seven grams of protein.”

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