Ask the Expert: Cheese, Please!

You Want to Know: The cheese board appears at nearly every holiday party, laden with selections from Gouda to Gorgonzola. How should I navigate the many choices? And what exactly is a processed cheese product?

The Dietitian Says: Rich in both calcium and protein, cheese can fit into a healthy diet. Most contain about 80 to 110 calories per ounce, an ideal snack portion—just mind the sodium and fat, especially saturated fat, in your choices.

The Takeaway: When it comes to cheese, a little goes a long way, so it can easily be eaten in moderation. If your budget allows, look for high-quality cheeses (i.e., organic, grass-fed), which offer greater nutritional value and, usually, better taste.