Do you love cheese as much as chocolate? Do you put it in the same category — as an only-sometimes treat? According to the International Dairy Foods Association, 10.6 billion pounds of cheese were produced in the United States in 2011. Americans eat more of the gooey, creamy, rich wheys of milk than ever before. But if you're wondering just how much cheese is OK and what kinds won't blow your healthy eating plan, you've come to the right place.
"Cheese can fit into almost any eating plan," says Rene Ficek, RD, lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating, a family owned, Illinois-based company that offers freshly prepared traditional meal plans.