Is Parmesan Cheese Healthy?



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Is Parmesan Cheese Healthy? - Cleveland Clinic

This Italian delicacy packs a surprisingly nutritious punch

When you think of Parmesan cheese, what first comes to mind? For many people, it’s the powdered or grated kind you pour over pasta or sprinkle on pizza.

While this condiment certainly adds flavor, there’s another Parmesan cheese that’s an even better choice: Parmigiano-Reggiano, “the real-deal cheese that comes in a wheel from northern Italy,” says dietitian Alexis Supan, RD.

As it turns out, not only is Parmigiano-Reggiano delicious, but it’s nutritious and offers multiple health benefits.

What is Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese?

Parmigiano-Reggiano is a hard cheese with just three ingredients: cow’s milk, salt and rennet. The latter is “a mix of different enzymes that we use to make cheeses,” Supan says.