Parmesan Cheese is often viewed as a healthy cheese choice, favorable for those on a weight loss plan primarily because it is not that high in calories. But, how many calories are in Parmesan cheese and should it become a staple in your weight loss diet?
In a half-cup of Parmesan cheese there are approximately 215 calories. Most people only use a tablespoon or more of Parmesan cheese at a time and rarely cut off a large chunk and eat it. Parmesan cheese is used for sprinkling on top of pizza, salads, pastas and meats. It is generally used by the tablespoon. In one tablespoon of Parmesan cheese there are 23 calories. That's not so many!
However, it is more about the food you are sprinkling the cheese on. Typically these foods are high in calories and fat. Parmesan cheese can be sprinkled on healthy salads and lean protein sources to enhance the flavor while not adding very many calories.
If you are trying to cut back on your calories, then think about how much Parmesan cheese you are using before doing so. Weigh or measure the amount of Parmesan cheese before using it in an effort to keep your calories low. Overdoing can pack on the weight and cause you to gain a few unwanted pounds. Watch your portion sizes and you should be fine eating Parmesan cheese occasionally.
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