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Protein Content of Different Cheeses: A Handy Chart for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Protein Content of Different Cheeses: A Handy Chart for Weight Loss Surgery Patients
Protein Content of Different Cheeses: A Handy Chart for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Cheese is often one of the foods that gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients add back into their diet after starting on their post bariatric surgery diet . Cheeses like ricotta and cottage cheese can often be tolerated even in the pureed stage of the diet. As weight loss surgery patients graduate from stage to stage, cheese is often a food that can help patients meet their protein goals as it can fit in at foods at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks (if needed).

Protein Content of Different Cheeses: A Handy Chart for Weight Loss Surgery PatientsCheese is often one of the foods that gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients add back into their diet after starting on their post bariatric surgery diet . Cheeses like ricotta and cottage cheese can often be tolerated even in the pureed stage of the diet. As weight loss surgery patients graduate from stage to stage, cheese is often a food that can help patients meet their protein goals as it can fit in at foods at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks (if needed).

Each cheese is different, not only in its source and flavor, but also in its caloric, protein, carbohydrate, and fat levels. While some brands do vary in nutritional content, the wider difference is between types of cheese. Some cheeses have a higher protein content, some lower, and the same is true for calories even when comparing the same serving size. To help Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients make informed decisions to promote their weight loss and help them achieve their recommended daily protein intake, we’ve created a chart to help visualize the difference in calories, as well as protein, carbohydrate, and fat content.

  • Type of Cheese
  • Cheddar
  • Low Fat Cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Low Fat Swiss
  • Mozzarella
  • Low Fat
    Mozzarella
  • Whole Milk
    Ricotta
  • Part Skim Ricotta
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cottage Cheese
    1%
  • American
  • Parmesan
  • Calories
    per 1 oz
  • 114
  • 48
  • 108
  • 50
  • 84
  • 85
  • 49
  • 39
  • 27
  • 20
  • 105
  • 122
  • Grams Protein
    per 1 oz
  • 7
  • 7
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 7
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3.5
  • 5
  • 11
  • Grams Carbs
    per 1 oz
  • 0.4
  • 0.5
  • 1.5
  • 1
  • 0.6
  • 1.1
  • 1
  • 1.4
  • 1
  • 0.8
  • 1
  • 1.2
  • Grams Fat
    per 1 oz
  • 9
  • 2
  • 8
  • 1.4
  • 6
  • 5.5
  • 3.6
  • 2.2
  • 1.2
  • 0.3
  • 9
  • 8

For more information on the nutrition intake of gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band diets, please visit Dr. Shillingford’s website . Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA, is a board certified surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. His gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients come from Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, and as far away as Jacksonville to have their weight loss surgery performed by the Medical Director at Northwest Medical Center’s Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Shillingford reminds his bariatric patients to consult their post bariatric surgery dietary guidelines and not to progress to eating foods beyond their stage until their body is ready.