Cheese Myths

  • I don't eat cheese as it's high in fat
    Yes it does contain fat, but perhaps not as much as you think. In a recent survey, 36% of consumers thought that cheese has more than 50% fat. Cheddar cheese actually contains about 34% fat.  A 30 gram serving of Cheddar contains 125 calories. There are a number of Lower Fat or Reduced Fat cheeses available.
    However, apart from the fat, hard cheese delivers key nutrients including calcium, protein and vitamin B12. Self-confessed cheese lovers include Vernon Kay, Helena Christensen and Denise Van Outen. Helena Christensen even refers to it as 'incredibly sensual.'
  • I am lactose intolerant and can't eat cheese
    People who are lactose intolerant can eat hard cheese 

    Despite common misconceptions, most people who are lactose intolerant are in fact able to eat most hard cheeses. This is because most of the lactose in the milk used to make hard cheeses is removed in the whey as part of the cheese-making process, making them virtually lactose free. The lactose content of most cheeses can be checked by looking at the nutritional facts on the label - any carbohydrate in natural cheese (excluding cheese blended with fruits or some processed cheese) comes from the milk sugar or lactose. Most hard cheeses, such as Cheddar, contain as little as 0.1 grams per 100 grams, which makes them suitable for most of those who are lactose intolerant. Cheeses with higher levels of lactose include some processed cheeses, soft white spreadable cheese and cottage cheese and some of these may be inappropriate for the lactose intolerant. Always check the nutritional information on cheese packaging for information before consuming and check the carbohydrate content. In some rare cases of lactose intolerance it might be necessary to completely avoid dairy foods. Speak to a state registered dietician for advice on reducing or avoiding lactose and to avoid any nutritional imbalance.
  • Cheese gives you nightmares?
    A British Cheese Board study asked 200 volunteers to eat 20 grams of hard cheese about half an hour before they went to bed.  None of the particpants experienced nightmares, in fact most recorded a good night's sleep with pleasant dreams. Interestingly the type of dream experienced appeared to be influenced by the type of cheese eaten.