The 12 best and worst cheeses for your health

Marah Alindogan

Who doesn't love cheese?

The beloved dairy item can be found in all your favorite foods -- pizza, grilled cheese and more! -- and serves as an excellent source of vital nutrients such as calcium, protein and vitamin D.

Ricotta, cottage cheese and cheddar are some of the protein-filled cheeses perfect for dieters and healthy eaters alike. However, there are definitely some cheeses that you should stay away from.

Out of all the white, soft cheeses on the market, cream cheese is the worst for your waistline. The cheese most commonly used on bagels has almost 10 grams of fat and 99 calories per ounce. Similarly, blue cheese also ranks high in the fat content category, with 8 grams of fat and 100 calories, per one-ounce serving.

Check out the slideshow above for the 12 best and worse cheeses for your health.

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