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As with almost all foods, Kippen says it's best not to eat too much of anything. That's easier said than done, though, especially when it comes to cheese: warm and melted, sliced and cold, it's so easy to start and just keep on going. That's one reason why cheese has a bad reputation, Kippen says: it's a rich source of fat and calories that is easy to overindulge in.
The American Heart Association recommends 2–3 servings of fat-free or low-fat dairy products for adults.
But Kippen adds that the amount of cheese you should eat really depends on the rest of your diet, as well as your weight and any medical conditions. Talk to a dietitian for more personalized guidelines.
Cheese can be a healthy part of a lifestyle promoting weight management, Kippen says. Again, moderation is the key.
Kippen also recommends cutting back on saturated fats and calories in other areas. Eating at a slight caloric deficit can be a big help. So if cheese is a favorite snack or topping, you can definitely eat it in moderation, but you'll also want to balance out your calorie and fat consumption in other areas to ensure that you're still burning slightly more calories than you consume.