The results from a previous regular vs. reduced fat cheese taste taste were so encouraging, that I have decided to do another one. This time, I have decided to make it an even closer comparison by sticking to the same brand and the same type of cheese so that it’s even a closer comparison.
For this taste test we sampled the following cheeses:
Dofino creamy havarti (35% M.F)
Dofino 25% less fat havarti cheese (23% M.F)
If this taste test is anything like the other taste test, I think that both cheese will taste very similar and that the taste testers won’t be able tell a big difference. I think that they will be able to tell a difference from the texture in that the reduced fat cheese will be a little firmer.
Please try each of the cheeses and comment on taste, appearance and which one you like more.
Would you choose one over the other for the health benefits of having a lower fat cheese?
Thank you everyone for submitting your comments. Here are the results:
Cheese A: Dofino Creamy Havarti
Cheese B: Dofino 25% Less Fat Havarti
Some interesting points:
When both cheese were just taken out of the fridge (and still cold), the flavour of the creamy havarti was sharper and more pronounced compared to the 25% less fat version. However, when both cheeses were brought up to room temperature the opposite was true (the regular havarti had a more subdued flavour and the lower fat cheese had a sharper taste). However, most people agreed that the texture was noticeably different between the two cheeses with the creamy havarti being a lot creamier.
When I looked on the label, it’s a difference of 3g fat per serving between the two cheeses (11g fat vs. 8 grams) but only a difference of 20 calories between the regular and reduced fat version (120 calories vs. 100 calories respectively). 1 serving = 3cm cube
One thing to note about reduced fat cheeses: Just because they are labeled reduced fat doesn’t necessarily mean they are low fat (or low calorie). Reduced fat simply means that the product contains 25% less fat than the original version (and is for the most part, a relative statement). Low fat, on the other hand, means a product contains 3g of fat or less per serving and 30% or less of total calories.
So even though you’re saving on some fat grams, eating the reduced fat version doesn’t give you permission to eat a lot more of it (since it’s only a difference of 20 calories/serving). You can save on some of the fat grams over time (especially if you’re at an event where there is quite a bit of cheese). However, if you’re watching your weight it’s best to limit your intake of cheese overall.