A Gift From the Gods: Reduced Fat Cheese

You know the phrase “Everything’s bigger in Texas”? Well, I like to paraphrase: “Everything’s better with cheese”.

I know it’s bad. It’s like when a child douses absolutely everything in ketchup to the point where the entire meal, no matter what it is, just tastes like ketchup. But, a few exceptions aside (salad, cereal and roast dinners), there aren’t many things I don’t think can’t be improved with a sprinkling of grated cheese on top.

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My current array of cheeses…

But it’s extremely unhealthy, isn’t it? At least, that’s what they say. So to make myself feel a little bit better about my dairy habit, I’ve taken to buying reduced fat cheese and sneaking it into meals, pretending it’s the full-fat real-deal and do you know something? It tastes absolutely the same!

To give you an idea of the difference that makes, the stats are below…

ASDA MATURE CHEDDAR CHEESE (25g) ASDA MATURE CHEESE LIGHT – 50% (25g)
104kcal 74kcal
8.8g fat 4.3g fat
5.5g saturates 2.8g saturates
<0.5g sugars <0.5g sugars
0.45g salt 0.49g salt

How brilliant is that?! Except for salt (oops…) I’ve almost halved the lot whilst still eating the same amount of cheese!

Most supermarkets now stock their own brands of low fat cheeses, and even pizza takeaway giants Dominos give you an option to swap the cheese on your pizza to 30% reduced fat cheese these days! Of course that probably doesn’t make much of a dent, especially with all those greasy toppings and the thick, doughy base – and OMG that amazing garlic and herb dip, amiright?!

But still. What a time we live in.

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