Cheese is Norway’s favorite spread, and many people depend almost daily on enjoying a slice of their favorite cheese. If you choose a light cheese, nothing prevents you from doing so. Did you know that light cheese is recommended by authorities as 1 in 3 servings of low-fat dairy products recommended for daily consumption?
The Norwegian Directorate of Health recommends in its dietary advice that we have a daily intake of low-fat dairy products. By daily intake, the health authorities mean three servings, i.e. 3 per day. Since milk and dairy products are among the greatest sources of calcium and iodine in the Norwegian diet, light yellow cheese and light brown cheese can be one of those daily servings.
Read more: Why you need 3 a day
Many Nutrients in Light Cheese
Light yellow cheese is particularly rich in calcium. In addition, this light cheese contains high quality protein and several micronutrients, such as phosphorus, zinc and B vitamins. In other words, it is an excellent spread for breakfast or lunch, garnished slices of paprika, cucumber or a few slices of radish. Many people swear by melted cheese in the kitchen, and the light version is just as good for tacos as it is for lasagna!
Light brown cheese is also a nutritious cheese that contains protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin B2, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. One of the most important contributions of brown cheese remains the iodine content of cheese, a nutrient of which we have few other sources in our diet. If you eat a little light brown cheese every day, you get iodine from regular food. For example, try a large bun with light brown cheese and a glass of ice cold milk for dinner.
Lactose intolerant can eat pale yellow cheese
Did you know that all yellow cheeses are naturally lactose-free? This also applies to the lighter variant. Light yellow cheese can therefore be consumed by those who react to lactose and be an important source of calcium in their diet. Light brown cheese, on the other hand, is naturally high in milk sugar (lactose) and should be avoided by those who react to lactose.
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The most popular command
If Norwegians had to choose just one topping on the slice of bread, up to 42% of us would have chosen one type of cheese on the slice, according to a nationally representative survey conducted by Melk.no a few years ago. With 28% of the vote, yellow cheese was the clear favourite, while brown cheese was preferred by 10%. Both men and women have cheese as their favorite spread, but cheese is most popular among women.
Light cheese can of course also be consumed by pregnant women. The overview of other cheeses that pregnant women can eat can be found here.