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.
11 thoughts on “Cheese please – Regular or reduced fat?”
A – was creamy, had more flavour and a bite to it (tarty), and definitely more tastier
B – was harder in texture (rubbery)and not as tasty or tarty
Cheese B was far and a way better than cheese A. I preferred the texture of cheese B as it was more firm and the taste was more enjoyable as well. Cheese A's texture was more creamy and not as enjoyable. The flavor was also a little more overwhelming.
Well, I think that A is the full fat and B is the reduced fat.
A tastes creamy and really just melted in my mouth. B was firmer and required a bit more chewing. Both were delicious. I think it's worth it to choose the low fat and save some fat and calories.
Taste: I could not really tell the difference between the taste. Cheese B was somewhat stronger but it was a very subtle difference between the two.
Appearance: Both were very similar. Cheese B was a little darker.
Which one you like more: I liked cheese B more because of the texture. It was a little harder than cheese A.
Based on all of these similarities I would choose the lower fat one because there was not a significant taste difference to me.
A – regular
B – lower fat because it is firmer
Taste and appearance is very similar. I like A better because of the texture.
wow … very interesting because both cheeses are so different in terms of texture and taste!
Cheese A : nice color, very soft and mild taste
Cheese B : nice color, firm but bolder taste
I love Cheese A texture but prefers the taste of Cheese B. Hmmm .. I think Cheese A is the light and Cheese B is the regular.
Maybe that's a case where "Light" not only refers to %MF but also to texture and/or taste! Can't wait for the reveal!
Thanks for the taste test Lisa!
I thought that the two cheeses were very different. Cheese A had a rubbery texture, less flavour and a shinier appearance. Cheese B was quite flavourful. I would guess that Cheese A was low fat and Cheese B was regular. I probably wouldn't buy the low fat because if I am going to go out and buy cheese then I want the good stuff! Thanks for the great taste test!
A: soft, very creamy; shiny look – higher fat.
B: firmer, less creamy – gotta be lower fat. Definitely acceptable. They both have similar tastes. And in most cases, enjoyed with crackers or fruit. I definitely love the creaminess of the higher fat one though 🙂
Cheese A: Definitely softer. More creamy. Flavour is more subdued. I think this is due to the higher fat content.
Cheese B: This one is firmer with a more sharp taste. I think this one is the lower fat variety.
I think the low fat version is cheese B but I actually like this one more because I like cheeses that have a firmer texture. I found cheese A to be a little too soft. I would definitely switch to the low fat version as it doesn't seem like it's too much of a compromise (provided the cost isn't that much more).
Definitely love Cheese A better, and I think this is the 'regular' one. It is soft, easier to spread on a cracker and creamier in texture.
Cheese B is firmer, not as easy to spread, and doesn't melt in my mouth. Out of the fridge it's almost plasticky in consistency. definitely like A better.
Also- both cheeses taste better after sitting at room temperature, so there's a lot to be said for cheese experts who advise to let their cheese 'rest'! Just like good meats and wine I guess! 🙂
This was a tough one for me. Cheese A had a more complex flavor and the texture was firmer. Cheese B (BIG PIECE!) had a creamier texture and a more subtle flavor, but it felt a tad rubbery. I'll go against the grain and say cheese A was the low fat.
Ok, so why would you eat a lower fat cheese? High fat all the way!