Did you know that cheese can help you meet general daily nutrition recommendations and help close the gap on a nutrient that many people are missing in their diets? It’s true!

Most cheeses are a good or excellent source of calcium – a “nutrient of concern” for most Americans according to the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Adding reduced-fat cheese to meals will not only increase the amount of calcium, but other essential nutrients as well, such as phosphorus, vitamin A and high-quality protein!

It’s important to note that cheese can fit into most eating plans, and with over 300 varieties to choose from, there is surely something to satisfy everyone’s taste! Even those with lactose intolerance can enjoy the benefits of dairy in the form of cheese, by choosing natural, harder cheeses like Cheddar, Colby, Swiss and Monterey Jack.

There’s no doubt, the flavor of your favorite meals, along with your health, can be enhanced with the addition of low-fat or reduced fat cheese. So, go ahead – enjoy!

Check out these fascinating facts about cheese:

  • It takes almost 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese
  • Cheese is the No. 2 source of dietary calcium for Americans
  • Natural cheese is made from just four basic ingredients: milk, salt, starter culture (“good bacteria”) and an enzyme called rennet
  • Cheese may help children eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains because its great taste distracts youngsters from foods they aren’t as fond of!

So sprinkle, melt or cube your favorite cheese and enjoy!

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