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Who said you can’t have your feta and eat it too?

 

Cheese in general is a vital component of health eating as long as we know the facts behind it and choose it wisely. Feta has been debated, supported or opposed as a healthy nutritional choice mainly on the grounds of its high sodium and cholesterol levels. But how valid are these arguments?

Let’s start by examining an ounce of feta:

  • 75 calories and 6g fat and 4g sat fat.

  • 4g protein,

  • 1g carbohydrates,

  • 316mg sodium,

  • 25mg cholesterol.

 

Eat a serving of feta cheese, and you will take in 16 percent of the riboflavin, or vitamin B-2, you need in your meal plan each day. A serving also provides you with 7 to 9 percent of the vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 you should consume daily. These vitamins help you metabolize energy from the foods you eat.

Admittedly, feta has high sodium content; it can be balanced out though, if you soak it in milk or water before serving it. The 4g of protein will help you built your muscles and increase your metabolism. Protein is also essential to support life because enzymes, antibodies and some hormones are all made from protein.
And to make things even better feta is the lower calorie and lower fat option when compared to cheddar –a cheese many people opt out for and is widely available in the US- which has 110 calories and 9.4 g fat. A serving of 1 oz. of feta cheese will give you around 14 percent of your daily calcium needs for increased bone health.

But what makes feta special and a cheese of preference to many is its unique taste which is ensured by its PDO status! You know that when you eat Greek feta you get some of the best milk qualities, best farming practices and best environmentally conscious methods of production!

Feta is sharp, pungent, and crumbles effortlessly as toping on salads, as a side dish or snack. It is lower in calorie than many other types of cheese and can be a healthy addition to any diet, when used in moderation.

 

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