Should you be eating this cheese?

It has become a common trend in the health and fitness world now a days that everything with mountains of protein in it is expected to be much better for you, you see it everywhere, protein bars, protein cereal, protein porridge, even protein water! Water!!!

One item I have come across recently is this one;

I can see how this might appeal to a lot of people (seeing as most people’s attitudes toward dairy is that it is not very good for you, something I personally think is just untrue), it’s low fat, low carb and packs 37g of protein, what’s not to like right?

Well I decided to put it to the test against your average supermarket low fat cheese.

First, let’s look at the nutritional information.

Regular Low Fat Cheese Protein Cheese

As far as macro-nutrients go, the Protein cheese wins it, less fat, less carbs, more protein.

Now let’s look at the other comparisons and see who the winner is!

Cost — Draw

Both these cheese’s cost £2.50 for 350g, so it’s a dead tie here!

Taste — Regular Low Fat Cheese

Unfortunately if you are buying cheese for the taste, then you will be out of luck with the protein cheese, as it virtually has no flavor! So I am not sure where it is coming from but it definitely isn’t from cow’s milk, if it’s flavor you are after then it has to be the regular low fat cheese.

Texture — Regular Low Fat Cheese

If the taste isn’t something you’re bothered by, maybe the texture is, when I grated the protein cheese over my spag bol it tasted like someone had come along and grated one of flip flops over it. Rubbery and dry! It didn’t even melt! So for me the regular low fat cheese wins again.

What else did I find?

Looking at the macro-nutrient breakdowns the protein cheese clearly has a lot of protein, but this is based off of 100g, but who really eats 100g of cheese in one serving?

A regular serving is usually around 30g, however even this it too much for the protein cheese, it is so light and flaky that even a 30g serving came out as an absolute mountain full, way too much for one person to have in one go, I ended up only having 10g which was more than enough so in terms of realistic serving size, the macros break down like this;

Regular Low Fat Cheese Protein Cheese

Looking at things this way, you’re actually getting more protein, better flavour, better texture and in terms of your health, the regular cheese is far more beneficial, containing a good source of calcium which is crucial for bone health, especially for those who put their bones under a lot of stress lifting heavy weights in the gym, it also contains a lot of vital vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B12 which is important for the function of our nervous system, zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin K2 which helps reduce the risk of heart disease.

The only real benefit to the protein cheese I can see if that because it is so light and flaky you end up getting virtually zero calories from it, so if you are trying to cut calories then you could use it, just be prepared that it won’t taste how you want it to.

But if you are like me and want to enjoy your meals, the winner! You may have guessed by now — Regular Low Fat Cheese

Per serving you get a good dose of protein, fat and essential vitamins and minerals, it’s more dense and it tastes better!

The point of this article is not to completely banish high protein foods, some of them out there are absolutely brilliant, but it is important to be aware that just because a food has protein scrawled over it doesn’t mean it is the obvious choice! And if you are going to buy these sorts of products, have a look at the other options available to you and make the smarter choice!

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