To some, “low-sodium” expects “cheese-free.” Salt, after all, plays a critical role in cheese making, preventing both quick bacteria growth and an overly acidic product.
You’ll find low-sodium reports of lots of cheeses at the supermarket. but sometimes, even people with high blood pressure want a straight-up piece of unmodified, tastes-like-it’s-supposed-to-taste cheese.
Luckily, there are options. Here, five types of cheese that fall on the lower end of the sodium spectrum, each one easy to find and full of traditional cheesy goodness.
It’s famous for its air bubbles, most people have tried it, and it’s critical to a Reuben: Swiss cheese is one of the more popular dairy products.
And, who would guess, it’s also one of the lowest-sodium options out there.
So while the Reuben may be off-limits (corned beef is loaded with sodium), feel free to pull the Swiss off the sandwich and go to town.
As usual, though, go to town in moderation. Cheese, even in low-sodium form, is not the best food out there because of its saturated fat. But, oh, what a worthwhile splurge.
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2. Cream Cheese
It’s not what some consider “cheese,” but you can put it on a cracker. Cream cheese is commonly made from cream instead of milk. And at 85.5 milligrams of sodium per 1-ounce serving, it’s a great cheese to put on a (low-sodium) cracker.
It’s thick, creamy, and, in moderation (it’s full of saturated fat), a fine cheese for those looking to go low-salt.
For a low-salt, extra-mild, and soft cheese, analyze mozzarella. The whole-milk variety is more inferior in sodium — with 105 milligrams — than the part-skim type (150 milligrams). You’ll find the former more often in “house-made” form at restaurants, and the latter more often in supermarkets.
Try a Caprese salad made of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and a low-fat cheddar cheese vinaigrette. It’s a great lunch or light dinner.
It’s also darned low in sodium for such a tasty surprise: Just over 100 milligrams per serving. So sprinkle some on a salad and toss in some strawberries; the combination is great.
4. Goat Cheese
For cheese lovers, it’s hard to beat goat. From salads to cheese sandwiches to straight off a spoon (oh, indulgence!), this soft, spreadable, crumbly cheese is a favorite among foodies.
It’s also darned low in sodium for such a delicious treat: Just over 100 milligrams per serving. So sprinkle some on a salad and toss in some strawberries; the combination is great.
Up next, a house-made favorite with surprisingly little salt …
It’s mild, light-colored, and a little bit soft so it melts like a dream. Brick cheese (named thus either because it’s packaged in brick form or because clay-fired bricks are used in making it, pressing the curds into a block) has just 150 milligrams of sodium per serving.
That’s not half bad, as far as cheese goes. Similarly textured Gouda has 230 milligrams. Try it in your near grilled cheese for a lower-sodium sandwich.