Feta is a Greek cheese traditionally made with sheep’s or goat’s milk.
Many of the commercial variations available in the U.S. are made with cow’s milk, which produces a firmer cheese. The white cheese is cured and stored in a liquid known as whey brine.
Feta has a soft, crumbly texture and a salty, tangy flavor.
It is lower in calories than many other types of cheese and can be a healthy addition to any diet, when used in moderation.
Calories, Fat And Protein
Feta has a strong flavor, so you can add just 1 oz. to your meals and feel satisfied.
This serving contains 74 calories and 6 g of fat. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends keeping your total saturated fat intake to below 10 percent of your daily caloric intake – that’s 22 g per day for a 2,000 calorie diet. Feta provides 4 g of saturated fat, fitting well-below these daily limits. Feta also has 4 g of protein per oz.
1 oz. of feta provides 14 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for calcium, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. It offers small amounts of many other vitamins and minerals, including 14 percent of the RDA for riboflavin, 8 percent for vitamin B12, 9 percent for phosphorus, 6 percent for vitamin B6, 6 percent for selenium and 5 percent for zinc.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends at ChooseMyPlate.govthat most adults should consume 3 cups of dairy daily. A 1½ oz. serving of feta counts as a cup of milk.