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Taste test: low-fat cheeses

When serving party platters this month, no need to pass up all those delicious cheese options. Instead, our tasters found plenty of low-fat choices worthy of every cheese-loving guest.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/serving

Publix Reduced Fat

Provolone / one slice
Land O'Lakes

Mozzarella / one slice
Kraft Pepperjack

one slice

Calories / Fat / Fiber

Sugars / Sodium / Carbs / Protein
60 / 3.5g / 0g

0g / 140mg / 0g / 5g

70 / 4.5g / 0g

0g / 150mg / 1g / 6g

45 / 2.5g / 0g

0g / 330mg / 2g / 4g

Judges' commentsTexture made this cheese a top pick for our panelists. They loved the soft and creamy slices. "This would be great on a lean burger after we tire of turkey and holiday meals," said one judge. None of the tasters could tell this was a low-fat cheese. "I would put it on a roast beef sandwich with a little horseradish and be in heaven," said one. "It's delicious," said another."This is creamy with a melt-in-your-mouth flavor," said one judge. "It's nice and creamy and would be great on a holiday spread." "It's a very thick and inviting slice," said another. "It has a very individual taste that makes it stand out among other samples."

The pepper was obvious in this sample and judges were divided based on the spice levels they preferred. "It tastes better than it looks," said one panelist, who described the slice as "wimpy." But, she said, "It has a great bite." Another said he thought the slices might be a bit overpowering on a cheese platter. "But they would work well in a nacho dip."
Would they buy?All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$2.79 for a 6-ounce package.$3.79 for an 8-ounce package from Publix.$3 for a 10.7-ounce package from Publix.
Product/serving

Publix Reduced Fat

Provolone / one slice
Land O'Lakes

Mozzarella / one slice
Kraft Pepperjack

one slice

Calories / Fat / Fiber

Sugars / Sodium / Carbs / Protein
60 / 3.5g / 0g

0g / 140mg / 0g / 5g

70 / 4.5g / 0g

0g / 150mg / 1g / 6g

45 / 2.5g / 0g

0g / 330mg / 2g / 4g

Judges' commentsTexture made this cheese a top pick for our panelists. They loved the soft and creamy slices. "This would be great on a lean burger after we tire of turkey and holiday meals," said one judge. None of the tasters could tell this was a low-fat cheese. "I would put it on a roast beef sandwich with a little horseradish and be in heaven," said one. "It's delicious," said another."This is creamy with a melt-in-your-mouth flavor," said one judge. "It's nice and creamy and would be great on a holiday spread." "It's a very thick and inviting slice," said another. "It has a very individual taste that makes it stand out among other samples."

The pepper was obvious in this sample and judges were divided based on the spice levels they preferred. "It tastes better than it looks," said one panelist, who described the slice as "wimpy." But, she said, "It has a great bite." Another said he thought the slices might be a bit overpowering on a cheese platter. "But they would work well in a nacho dip."
Would they buy?All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$2.79 for a 6-ounce package.$3.79 for an 8-ounce package from Publix.$3 for a 10.7-ounce package from Publix.

also sampled: Sargento Colby Jack ($3.29 for a 6.67-ounce package from Publix); Alpine Lace Reduced Fat Swiss ($4.29 for an 8-ounce package from Publix); Dofino Light Havarti ($4.89 for an 8-ounce package from Publix); Norwegian Dairies Jarlsberg Lite ($4.99 for an 8-ounce package from Publix); and Saputo Reduced Fat Lorraine Cheese ($4.39 for an 8-ounce package from Publix).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Kay Bell, personal chef; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Rachel Smith, dietetic intern. All foods were tasted blind.

Taste test: low-fat cheeses 12/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 9:04am]

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