We get questions about these two types of food frequently.
Let me start by saying I’m assuming you’re not doing Paleo (which says “NO dairy and NO cheese”), or plant-based (which says NO to all animal products).
I’ll also assume you’re not doing Keto, which almost requires you to load up on dairy and cheese to eat enough fat every day!
Let’s pretend you’re just curious if cheese and/or dairy can be consumed on a “healthy diet”:
YES, you can still eat cheese and be healthy.
YES, you can still eat dairy and be healthy.
Like the healthy carbs and fats listed above, it all comes down to your calories consumed in a day, and if these foods fit into your daily calorie goals:
- Want to put cheese on top of your salad of chicken and vegetables? Great!
- Want to eat greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, and frozen berries for your breakfast? Amazing!
- Want to eat a bowl of cereal with skim milk (or whole milk) in the morning with your kid before school? No problem.
This is true for higher-fat cheeses or full-fat dairy too – the food just needs to fit into your goals!
Luckily, all dairy comes labeled, and most cheese will come with a nutrition label on it too.
Just make sure your portions are in line. For reference, here are four different servings of cheddar cheese (about 113 calories a serving):