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15 Types of Cheese: Healthy and Delicious Options

Dairy is a diverse class of foods that have been part of the human diet for millennia.

However, the most delicious dairy food has to be cheese.

Owing to its popularity, cheese plays a key part in almost every cuisine in the world and features in numerous famous dishes.

While everyone has their personal favorite, some people like to discover new varieties of cheese.

This article will present a list of delicious cheeses from around the world, alongside their main characteristics and nutrient profiles.

In my opinion, these are some of the best types of cheese money can buy.

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Hi suramo

I am looking forward to reading the information about cheeses - thanks for sharing this information.

Zest :-)

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Dear Suramo

Useful information indeed!

But I was little disheartened when I did not find in the list - the Paneer cheese which originates from India. Paneer cheese is least processed without any added salt or any preservatives but with similar nutritional profiles in terms of its protein and fat. Every 100 gm of Full cream paneer as marketed by leading brands such as Amul and mother dairy contains 25 gm fat and 20gm protein.

In fact paneer is the modified version of cottage cheese with increased protein and fat. Cottage cheese has very low protein and fat due to presence of excessive moisture.

However, paneer/cottage cheese is not fermented and aged and so it may not have vitamin K2 which is found in other aged and fermented cheese processed from grass fed cows.Vitamin k2 is also found in egg yolk though.

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Paneer and cheese are different in that in cheese rennet is used additionally. Cream cheese is also good but the author considered these 15 types. Well one may choose the type of cheese depending on what more is needed - fat & or protein.

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Agree. Since most of the fermented and processed cheese contains Rennet which could be of animal origin , cheese may not be for vegetarians !

Paneer of India / cottage cheese of USA are fresh cheese - not processed ,not fermented , not aged and no rennet is used and therefore suitable for strictly vegetarians.

BTW, even processed cheese in India does not have Rennet of animal origin. In stead they contain vegetarian Bio active Rennet and therefore suitable for all.

The only problem with processed cheese is that they contain high sodium chloride salt up to 2000 mg per 100 gm and therefore people should limit their portions especially people with high blood pressure.

Sodium salt is added heavily as a preservative to avoid attack from Fungi and mold. If some cheese makers claim their cheese is low sodium, please be aware it must be having some synthetic preservatives .

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Nowadays rennet from non animal sources is used.

True that cheeses have high sodium content but that could be compensated by less salt in the food we prepare. But cheese paneer is a good sources of protein for veg people. All the other sources like legumes have high carbs so better avoided. Cheeses also have high fat.

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I would like to add these two Grilling Cheeses:

1. Paneer Cheese, Origin- India

2. Halloumi Cheese, Origin - Cyprus

These are fresh cheeses which do not melt under heat in cooking/grilling.

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Hi suramo,

Thank you for posting this this morning. Very interesting information and a few new things to think about when eating different types of cheese.😀👍

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Hi again suramo

Just to say that it was thanks to your post today that I remembered to put Cottage cheese on my shopping list - I've just started to have some again - and I never used to like it, but I find I really quite like it now. So I've started buying some again.

Zest :-)

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Dear Suramo

Good morning to you ! I totally agree with you on the High Fat and protein content of cheese suitable on a keto/ LCHF diet and there is no denying that cheese is one of the very few options to get high Fat and protein for a vegetarian.

Given the fact that the nutritional profile remains almost similar for all kinds of cheese, I would personally prefer Paneer (least processed) rather than Processed cheese for my LCHF diet. For my K2 , I would like to get it from eggs and I will enjoy all my veg curries with sodium salt to my taste.

In Any case you are not sure if K2 in all cheese variety unless the cows are grass fed. If the cows are grain fed , then you will not get K2

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Nato is the best veg source of k2.All other sources of k2 are nonveg. Also cheese is produced by fermantation but not paneer.So cheese is better imho.

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Dear Suramo

Agree with Natto for your K2.

Agree paneer is not fermented and so no K2.

Our only point of difference is that whether all processed cheese contain K2.??

My understanding and my imho is that if the cheese is coming out from cows/ animals fed with grains only or even hay, then no K2 is expected. many animals commercially are Grain fed. But if it is grass fed and free range , then adequate K 2 is expected after fermentation .

You may like to refer the link below and so also there are several such articles .

drstevenlin.com/what-are-th...

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There is no point of difference. Cheeses are the main source of protein (and fat ) for vegetarians.Cheese is not recommended for k2.For that there are other sources like green leafy veg ( which contain k1) and intestinal microbes.

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Agree. But with green leafy K1 eating, our intestinal conversion efficiency of K1 to K2 is poor by our intestinal micorobes. K1 is water soluble and K2 is fat soluble.

Therefore, it may be required to get it from an external source. Today K2 supplements are available along with vitamin D3.

Please find a video of Dr Eric Berg on the subject which says that it is critical to prevent calcification in arteries .

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The video is an advertisement.

Hitherto vit k was never a concern.Int mocrobes produce it in sufficient quantity. I doubt if k1 is water soluble. Also k1 is converted to k2 inside our body also. The subfraction k2/7 is more imp for bone health and many medical formulations with k2/7 is available. The problem with k1absorption is that it's available from veg sources and fat need to be added for its absorption.

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Dear Suramo

Hope you may be aware the Dr Eric Berg has been one of the experts on LCHF and his research and published material is very popular among the LCHF practitioners !

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Warm regards

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May be but we should review any opinion according to the scientific facts.Genuine doctors never make advertisements for any products. Against the law and ethics. You are also a veteran in lchf.

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People consuming cheese should be wary of the high salt content which is not good news for blood pressure of course. nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/s... To read the research paper go to bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/8...

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True but can be compensated by not adding salt to other food items. Cheese can be used as a spreading over veg or omelette or in pancakes. So salt may not be added to veg,omelette etc.Also body has kidneys to maintain salt balance. May have to take more fluid.

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