A good source of protein and bone-building calcium, cheese can certainly have a place in a well-balanced diet. Moderation is key, however, because cheese also contains cholesterol and saturated fat, both of which can raise your blood cholesterol levels. Learn the cholesterol content of various cheeses to help you stick to the daily 300-milligram limit recommended for healthy adults or the 200-milligram limit for those following a low-cholesterol diet.
Opting for low- or reduced-fat cheese not only cuts your cholesterol intake, but it also lowers how much saturated fat you consume. If you do go with full-fat cheese, adjust the rest of your diet accordingly so you’re not going over your daily limits. Another way to cut how much cholesterol and saturated fat you consume with cheese is to use less. Sprinkle a small amount over tacos or burritos, and cut the amount in casseroles and other recipes by one-quarter to one-half.