Which Cheese Should You Cut?

Okay, because all of us, and I mean all of us have been guilty at times of laughing at fart jokes, just to set the record clear: The term “cut the cheese” originally was used in the 1800s to describe the expulsion of intestinal gas and then became popular in the late 1960’s once again to describe a foul odor that occurs to certain types of intestinal expulsions. Now, turning our attention away from farts and to weight control: What types of cheeses are compatible with weight control efforts and which ones are not?

Here are the “good” ones: Feta cheese, often used in Greek salads has lower fat and caloric content than most cheeses. One ounce has 63 calories and 6 grams of fat. One cup of low-fat cottage cheese has 163 calories and 28 grams of protein with only 2.3 grams of fat. Cheddar, swiss (especially the ones with big holes!) and parmesan cheeses are also in the “better cheese” category.

Now, turning to the “bad” cheeses: The squeezable, processed cheeses are probably the worst on the list. The nutritional components are not conducive for weight control. American cheese (my favorite) has 57 calories of fat from one slice. Cream cheese, that favorite staple for a bagel, has only 1.06 grams of protein and 46 calories from fat in one tablespoon.

So, for long-term weight control, cutting the cheese in general is a good idea but some cheeses are better to cut than others.

And just to show that your old Doctor Posner can be just as sophomoric in his humor as anyone else, let’s end this entry with a joke:

Bill Gates farted in an Apple store. He later commented, "Well it’s hardly my fault they don't have any Windows”

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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