Cheese is categorized by texture, which includes, soft, semi-soft, semi-firm, or hard. An example of a soft cheese would be brie, semi-firm, cheddar, and hard, parmesan. Softer cheeses tend to have more water and less sodium, whereas harder cheeses have a higher salt content due to their drying/aging processes. One slice of cheddar cheese can contain up to 10-20% of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of calcium, making cheese an excellent source of calcium in milk included diets.

-Brian Tran, RD