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Tuesday
Apr282009

I eat a lot of cheese in order to get protein since I don’t eat a lot of meat. I also need to lose weight. Is this ok?

The protein in cheese is of a high quality and contains all the essential amino acids required by the body for optimum growth and cell repair. However, the downside is some cheese contains high saturated fat levels so for weight loss it would be best to keep cheese portions small. While fat is one of the macronutrients, like any other food source, if you consume more than you need, you will not lose weight. To keep the balance between weight loss and protein intake, it might be better to consume leaner sources of protein like tofu, eggs, peas, beans, lentils or select choices of fish or poultry in combination with smaller portions of cheese.  This way you will still have the cheese you love and the protein you need without consuming more fat than your body can use.