How to Choose the Best Low Sodium Cheese

If you’re searching for low sodium cheese options, I’ve got you covered! Check out this (growing) list of cheeses you can enjoy in moderation on a low sodium diet.

Newsflash: You don’t have to give up cheese when you’re living a low sodium lifestyle.  Some lower sodium options make enjoying your favorite cheese on occasion a possibility.

Check the labels, even if you’ve purchased it before. Ingredients and preparation processes change, often resulting in increased sodium you might not notice if you don’t check the label.

Tip 1

Skip string cheese, processed cheeses, and cheese slices.  These cheeses typically have the highest sodium counts.

Tip 2

If your doctor has given you a daily sodium limit, you might still be able to enjoy your favorite cheese in moderation by reducing your sodium intake for the rest of the day.

Tip 3

Fresh mozzarella is sold in water. Because it’s fresh, the salt used to remove moisture isn’t necessary, making it a lower sodium option.  A 1-ounce serving can contain as little as 65 mg of sodium.

Swiss cheese is what most people reach for when they’re on a low sodium diet. As aged cheeses go, it contains the least sodium.  A one-ounce serving can contain as little as 60 mg of sodium.

Cream cheese is fresh, not aged, which means it doesn’t require added sodium to preserve it.  Aldi’s Happy Farms brand cream cheese only contains 95 mg of sodium per two-tablespoon serving.

Mascarpone is another low sodium cheese option. It can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.  Mascarpone contains 15 mg of sodium per tablespoon.

Most goat cheese averages between 100-130 mg of sodium per ounce. Aldi’s Emporium Selection Plain Goat Cheese has only 80 mg per one-ounce serving.

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