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Legend has it that this cheese was so named because the Monterey dairyman David Jacks produced the cheese and shipped it to San Francisco in the late 1800s. It is a high-moisture, young, mild cheese that melts well. The soft flavor is a perfect complement to spicy Southwestern, Tex-mex and Mexican dishes.
There are lower fat versions made with skim or part skim milk. I have found these to be excellent products with the same creamy taste and melting properties.
1 ounce cheese = 91 calories, 6 fat, 4g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 7g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 243mg sodium, 20mg cholesterol
Ask Dr. Gourmet: With my cholesterol problem, should I avoid all cheeses?
I tend to eat too much cheese, and have been told to lay off. My main artery has two new areas that are 30% clogged in one year's time, which I am sure is due to eating too much dip made with Velveeta, hamburger, tomatoes and onion. Very delicious, but harmful to me apparently. I just feel that now I need to avoid most cheeses. What do you think about this?
How to Eat Healthy: Are dairy products good for you?
The research on Mediterranean style diet does include good information on dairy products. The data says that including dairy in your diet is healthy, but most of the dairy in the Mediterranean Diet is lower in fat or processed, such as cheese or yogurt.
How to Eat Healthy: Are saturated fats bad for you?
So we know now that saturated fat is one of the culprits increasing the risk of not just heart disease and stroke but also some cancers. Unfortunately, people have gotten the idea that all fat is evil.
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Chopped Salad Tacos
Pantry Meals: Quick Tacos | Low Sodium Quick Tacos