Cheese isn’t a villain
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Cheddar, Swiss, and other hard cheeses pack over 100 calories per ounce. As cheese lovers, we know the calories add up, but eating dairy is good for you, so cheese can be part of a healthy eating plan; in fact, research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests dairy foods like cheese can help protect your brain against aging. Luckily for real cheese lovers (who wouldn’t touch low-fat versions with a ten-foot cheese knife), the healthiest cheese options that are naturally lower in calories are already some of your favorites. Here’s how they stack up, and delicious ways to add them to your meals and snacks.