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Frequently Asked Questions



What are some recipes that use cheese?

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What nutrients does cheese provide?

  • Calcium helps to keep your bones and teeth strong and hard and prevents bone disease (Osteoporosis). Calcium also helps your heart and muscles to work well and may help to prevent high blood pressure.
  • Vitamin A helps keep your eyes and skin healthy, and your bones to grow.
  • Protein is needed for growth, development and repair of your muscles and other body tissues. It also helps fight infection and disease.

NOTE: Since some kinds of cheese have a lot of fat try to choose reduced-fat varieties or cheese that is naturally lower in fat like: Farmer, Swiss and Mozzarella made from skim milk.

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If milk upsets your stomach, will cheese too?

If you have trouble digesting milk, you can get some of the daily calcium you need from cheese. Cheese can be easier to digest, especially aged, hard cheeses like Swiss, Cheddar and Colby.

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How can you store extra cheese?

To store cheese in the freezer, simply shred the cheese and seal it tightly in a plastic bag or container. You can use frozen cheese to make pizza, burritos, enchiladas, casseroles, soups and lasagna.

NOTE: Cheese should always be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

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How much dairy should you eat each day?

What is a serving?

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) milk = 1 grade-school size carton of milk
  • 1 1/2 oz. of cheese = the size of 3 dominoes or a 9-volt battery
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) yogurt = the size of 2 ice cream scoops

NOTE: One serving of cheese or yogurt has just about the same amount of calcium as one cup of milk.

The number of servings of dairy foods you should eat each day depends on your age:

  • Children 1-5 years old need 2 servings (2 cups daily).

Example for one day:

  • 1/2 cup milk with cereal at breakfast, and
  • 3/4 oz. cheese in half a grilled cheese sandwich at lunch, and
  • 1/2 cup yogurt with fruit as a mid-day snack, and
  • 1/2 cup milk in a cup at dinner.
  • Pregnant women 18 years old and younger need 4 servings (4 cups daily).

Example for one day:

  • 1 cup milk in a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and
  • 1 carton (8 oz.) of chocolate milk at lunch, and
  • 1 1/2 oz. cheese with crackers as a mid-day snack, and
  • 1 cup yogurt with granola and fruit for dessert.
  • Women, including pregnant women 19 years and older, need 3 servings (3 cups daily).

Example for one day:

  • 1/2 cup milk with cereal at breakfast, and
  • 1 1/2 oz. cheese on a deli sandwich at lunch, and
  • 1/2 cup yogurt with fruit as a mid-day snack, and
  • 1 cup of milk in a glass at dinner.

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