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Greek feta cheese is traditionally a goat's milk or sheep's milk cheese. Much of the mass marketed cheese available today is, however, cow's milk cheese. True feta is a lovely rich crumbly cheese and is usually lower in fat than other cheeses, having about 6 grams per ounce.
Feta cheese is a "brined" cheese, meaning that it is cured in a salt water and is, as a result, very salty. An ounce of tangy feta cheese usually has over 300 mg of sodium per ounce (compared to a Swiss or cheddar with between 100 and 200 mg of sodium per ounce).
Like Parmigiano-Reggiano, however, there's a lot of bang for your buck. Used carefully, feta cheese can really make a dish. And of course it wouldn't be Greek Salad without feta cheese.
1 ounce feta cheese = 75 calories, 6g fat, 4g sat fat, 1g mono fat, 4g protein, 1g carbohydrates, 316mg sodium, 25mg cholesterol
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