Highest Protein Cheeses Per Calorie: Top 10 Ranked


Despite some bad press related to saturated fat and its high-caloric content, cheese can be a wonderful source of protein.


For one, it’s one of the few digestible, complete proteins that provides all the essential amino acids that your body can’t produce on its own and are necessary for survival.


This is especially important for vegetarians, who are at the highest risk of protein malnourishment, and for whom most other protein options (besides eggs, yogurt and tofu) are laden in carbohydrates.


Second, cheese can add flavour and variety to almost any dish, making it much easier to stick to a strict diet plan when meals are becoming monotonous.


However, not all cheese is created equal as far as protein content is concerned.


When ranking cheeses, it’s important to not only look at the protein content, but the ratio or % of calories that protein comprises of in the whole cheese. The best protein cheeses provide the most protein without adding a ton of extra calories - of which is mostly saturated fat. 


For example - on this chart below, Parmesan cheese has the highest protein content per 100g (38g). However, to hit that 38g would mean consuming 431 calories. For reference, a person of average weight would need to run 6-8km to burn the equivalent amount of calories.




Cheese

Protein (per 100g)

Calories (per 100g)

Protein % of Calories

1) Proteina

33

200

17%

2) Cottage

11

98

11%

3) Low-Fat Cheddar

28

280

10%

4) Mozzarella

28

280

10%

5) Parmesan

38

431

9%

6) Romano

32

387

8%

7) Provolone

26

352

7%

8) Gruyere

30

413

7%

9) Swiss

27

380

7%

10) Gouda

25

356

7%


 

In an obviously self-serving way, Proteina cheese stands head & shoulders above the other cheese in terms of protein content per calorie.


Grab some for yourself today
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