Cheese Me! A Guide to Low Sodium Cheeses and Where to Find Them
Can’t live without cheese? Neither can we. That’s why we have created this easy-to-follow guide to all of your favorite cheese varieties.
Check nutrition labels every time you buy.
Food suppliers can change their recipes without warning, so get in the habit of looking every time you shop for cheese.
Talk to your grocer or delicatessen.
If you can’t find any low sodium cheese options where you normally shop, you can reach out to the places where you purchase your food to request that they stock some lower sodium options in the future.
You won’t be able to find low sodium varieties of all of your favorite cheeses. Think about the sharpness and texture of the cheeses called for in your recipe collection. Chances are you can substitute a lower sodium variety without sacrificing the quality of the dish.
Everything in moderation.
Just because a cheese is low in sodium, it does not necessarily mean it’s healthy enough to eat every day. Many cheeses are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Keep this in mind when planning your cheesiest meals and snacks!
Keep your eyes peeled.
The list below provides some great options for low sodium cheeses, but you never know what you might find in your grocer’s deli.
|Leave it to the Swiss to come up with something so delectable… and most Swiss cheeses are low in sodium too! Our favorite Swiss cheese is Boar’s Head Lacey Swiss, with 35 mg of sodium in a 1-ounce serving and 25% less fat. Boar’s Head cheeses are available in many grocery stores and delis|
Boar’s Head also makes a great Muenster cheese which is perfect for melting, putting on a sandwich, or even as an addition to a fruit or veggie tray. Boar’s Head Low Sodium Muenster Cheese has only 75 mg of sodium per 1-ounce serving.
|Mozzarella is a must for many baked Italian dishes, including pizza. If you’re looking to add mozzarella to your low-sodium recipes, stick with the fresh stuff. The low-moisture varieties can be quite high in sodium. Fresh versions can be low very in sodium content- we have found varieties with as little as 40 mg of sodium per ounce. However, be sure to check the nutrition label carefully, as the sodium levels can vary greatly from brand to brand.|
Several stores offer low fat, no salt added cottage cheese. Check out suppliers such as Friendship, Crowley Foods, and Giant Food Stores, just to name a few. No salt added cottage cheese can have sodium levels as low as 60 mg per serving.
|Ricotta cheese is generally pretty low in sodium, and can be used in lasagna, in desserts, or eaten fresh with fruit and honey. Check out our favorite ricotta dessert, Ricotta and Almond Stuffed Apples.|
|Heluva Good! makes a Reduced Sodium Cheddar Cheese with only 25 mg of sodium in a 1-ounce serving. Unfortunately, this particular type of Heluva Good! cheese is difficult to find in many parts of the country. You may wish to try contacting your favorite grocery store to ask if they will order it for you. Heluva Good! does ship their products, but this service is quite costly.|
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