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Is Swiss Cheese Bad For You?



Short answer

Swiss cheese in moderation is, like other cheeses, very good for you. An added bonus is that it has a low amount of sodium relative to other types of cheese and isn't as fatty as many other varieties. Still, there is a decent amount of cholesterol and eating too much will most likely negate its benefits.



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Long answer

Swiss cheese is a hard cheese that can be great for your health if enjoyed in moderation. With about 8 grams of fat per ounce and around 55 mg of sodium, it doesn't contain as much fat or sodium as found in other hard cheeses such as cheddar or parmesan. Swiss cheese also contains calcium and a good amount of phosphorous, both of which are necessary components for proper bone health. 

Swiss cheese also affords a good amount of energy with about 100 calories per slice and nearly 8 grams of protein (10% the DV for a 200 lb person). As with all types of cheese, Swiss cheese can help combat inflammation and hypertension which can lead to a reduced risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases. 

Another benefit of Swiss cheese that it has in common with other cheeses is the presence of milk protein without the lactose, meaning it is a dairy product that even lactose-intolerant people can enjoy and reap benefits from.

If you need a cheese that will give you plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals, but doesn't have all the fat and sodium of many other types of cheese, Swiss cheese is a good way to go. Just go easy on it, as there is still a decent amount of cholesterol and, despite having less fat than other cheeses, still a good amount of fats. 

Possible short-term side effects

  • nausea

Possible long-term side effects

  • weight gain
  • increased cholesterol

Ingredients to be aware of


  • promotes heart health
  • promotes bone health
  • less sodium than many other types of cheese
  • small amounts may help combat inflammation
  • great source of protein

Healthier alternatives

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Organic Baby Swiss Cheese

  • Organic Valley quality
  • Alpine style cheese
  • Rich in calcium
  • Convenient slices
  • Certified organic
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Written by Jeff Volling
Published on: 01-03-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Jeff Volling
Published on: 01-03-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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