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You might have heard about lower-fat types of goat cheese. Shape provides you with the nutrition facts about this tasty snack.

Nutrition facts # 1: Soft goat cheese is leaner than cow's milk varieties (it has 76 calories per ounce-versus 114 for cheddar-and 3 fewer grams of fat).

Nutrition facts # 2: Soft goat cheese may provide better protection against anemia and osteoporosis, reveals a study from the University of Granada in Spain.

Nutrition facts # 3: Researchers explain that goat's milk products can help our bodies absorb nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium more effectively than their cow-derived counterparts.

Interested in other low fat cheeses that will fit well into your balanced healthy diet? Shape shares the healthy eating scoop.

Ever if you're not a goat cheese fan, there are a variety of other low-fat options available. Until recently, eating a wedge of low-fat cheese was like chewing an eraser. And cooking some? Forget about it. Fortunately, new varieties are fit for both slicing and melting.

"Reduced-fat cheeses are a great calcium and protein source with a lower-fat bonus," says Janet Helm, M.S., R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a dairy-industry nutritional consultant. "Top a whole-wheat cracker with these cheeses and you'll sneak some fiber into your snack." Although low-fat varieties can contain no more than 3 grams of total fat per ounce, a serving is typically the size of an ice cube.

Recommendations of low fat cheese for your balanced healthy diet include:

Fleur de Lit Premium Light Spreading Cheese
1 ounce (28 g)
Calories: 60
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Protein (g): 2
Total fat (g): 4.5

Light Alquette Garlic et Herbes
2 tablespoons (23 g)
Calories: 50
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Protein (g): 2
Total fat (g): 4

Fancy Brand Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella
1 ounce (28 g)
Calories: 80
Cholesterol (mg): 15
Protein (g): 8
Total fat (g): 5

Cabot Creamery 50% light Vermont Cheddar
1 ounce (28 g)
Calories: 70
Cholesterol (mg): 15
Protein (g): 8
Total fat (g): 4.5

Horizon Organic Dairy Reduced Fat Cheddar
1 ounce (28 g)
Calories: 80
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Protein (g): 7
Total fat (g): 6

Kraft Natural Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 ounce (28 g)
Calories: 90
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Protein (g): 7
Total fat (g): 6

Rondele Reduced Fat Garlic & Herbs
2 tablespoons (27 g)
Calories: 80
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Protein (g): 3
Total fat (g): 7

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