Farmer cheese is a fresh cheese made from cultured and pasteurized milk, a cheese coagulator such as rennet and sald. With a mild taste and moist texture, farmer cheese slices easily. Eat your Farmer cheese by itself, sweeten it with powdered sugar and eat it with fruit or use it as a replacement cheese in your cheesecake or lasagna recipe. Like any cheese, Farmer cheese can be high in fat. Knowing the nutrition information can help you balance your intake.
Calories in farmer cheese can vary depending on the brand and serving size. A 1-oz. serving contains 80 calories. In comparison, a 1-oz. serving of part-skim ricotta cheese contains 39 calories.
A 1-oz. serving of farmer cheese contains 6 g of total fat, 4 g of saturated fat and 15 mg of cholesterol. Foods high in fat are more calorie dense because each gram of fat contains nine calories. A balanced diet should contain 20 to 35 percent of its calories from fat, less than 10 percent from saturated fat and less than 300 mg of cholesterol.
A 1-oz. serving of farmer cheese contains 6 g of protein. For healthy people, increasing your protein intake to 20 to 25 percent of calories can decrease your risk of heart disease if those high-protein foods replace refined carbohydrates such as white bread, says the Harvard School of Public Health. However, if you have diabetes or kidney disease, limit your daily protein intake to 0.8 to 1.0 g per kg of body weight per day.
Farmer cheese is a low-carbohydrate food. A 1-oz. serving of farmer cheese contains less than 1 g of carbohydrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines recommends most of your carbohydrate choices come from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A balanced diet contains 45 to 65 percent of its calories from carbohydrates.
A 1-oz. serving of farmer cheese contains 110 mg of sodium. The USDA recommends limiting daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg a day. Eating foods high in sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure. To help reduce sodium intake, look for a low-salt farmer cheese.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
- University of Cincinatti: How to Make Farmer's Cheese
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Key Recommendations
- McKinley Health Center: Macronutrients: The Importance of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat