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Cheese Swaps for Cholesterol-Friendly Diets


Updated December 13, 2012

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Cheese (delicious though it is!) can be high in saturated fat. Since saturated fat has been associated with high blood cholesterol levels, it is important to limit how much you eat every day.

Intimidated by diet changes? Begin by trying fat-free or low-fat cottage or ricotta cheese, part-skim milk mozzarella. You will barely taste the difference.

Try these delicious food swaps and see how easy it can be to make cholesterol-friendly food choices.

Salads and Appetizers

Instead of drenching your greens with blue cheese salad dressing, try blue cheese Salad Spritzers or crumbles, and save several grams of saturated fat.

Try a tasty Low-Fat Spinach Dip or Low-Fat Hot Artichoke Dip for a healthier alternative to traditional party dips.

Try reduced-fat brie cheese for cholesterol-friendly entertaining. (Be sure to limit your portions, and to load up on vegetable appetizers).


Swap standard lasagna for Low-Fat Vegetable Lasagna for a satisfying meal with only 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving.

Try Low-Fat Macaroni and Cheese instead of standard, and reduce saturated fat from 9.5 grams (average) to 3.5 grams per serving!

Make your own Lower-Fat Cheese Pizza to bypass the fat and cholesterol of takeout pizza pies.


Try Low-Fat Summer Cheesecake for an antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy alternative to standard cheesecakes, which can have 8 grams of saturated fat or more per slice.

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