Is Cheese Good for You?


Cheese is a great part of any diet if you’re not lactose intolerant. Reasons to incorporate cheese into your family’s everyday meal plan include:

  • Cheese can be added to fruits, vegetables and grains to improve taste and appeal for children.
  • Cheese contributes high-quality protein as well as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A to the diet.
  • Reduced-fat cheese provides the same essential nutrients as regular cheese and tastes great.


One serving of cheese contains many of the essential nutrients your body needs, including:

  • Calcium – Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth (15% daily value)
  • Protein – Helps build and repair muscle tissue (14% daily value)
  • Phosphorus – Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth, supports tissue growth (15% daily value)
  • Vitamin B12 – Helps with normal blood function, helps keep the nervous system healthy (20% daily value)
  • Pantothenic Acid – Helps your body use carbohydrates, fats, and protein for fuel (45% daily value)
  • Niacin – Used in energy metabolism in the body (15% daily value)

The “% daily value” (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.