20 Cheeses High in Protein

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20 Cheeses High in Protein

For those going vegetarian, or simply looking to get more protein in their diet, cheese can be a good choice, but then, which one to buy? Here is a list of 20 kinds of cheese that provide the most protein per oz or half cup.

An ounce of cheese is typically equal to a thin slice of cheese that would cover a piece of toast.

The current daily value (%DV) for protein is 50 grams per day. Cheeses high in protein include ricotta, low-fat cottage cheese, parmesan, romano, non-fat cheddar, gruyere, low-fat Swiss, fontina, and more.

In general cheeses which are low in fat will provide more protein per serving, however, this is not always the case. For more protein foods, see the articles on vegetarian protein foods, beans high in protein, grains high in protein, and nuts high in protein.


List of High Protein Cheese

FoodServingProtein
#1 Ricotta
(Source)
per 1/2 cup28% DV
14g
#2 Low Fat Cottage Cheese
(Source)
per 1/2 cup24% DV
11.8g
#3 Grated Parmesan
(Source)
per oz20% DV
10.2g
#4 Romano
(Source)
per oz18% DV
9g
#5 Non-Fat Cheddar
(Source)
per oz18% DV
9g
#6 Hard Goat Cheese
(Source)
per oz17% DV
8.7g
#7 Gruyere
(Source)
per oz17% DV
8.5g
#8 Low-Fat Monterey
(Source)
per oz16% DV
7.9g
#9 Swiss Cheese
(Source)
per oz15% DV
7.7g
#10 Fontina
(Source)
per oz15% DV
7.3g
#11 Provolone
(Source)
per oz15% DV
7.3g
#12 Edam
(Source)
per oz14% DV
7.1g
#13 Gouda
(Source)
per oz14% DV
7.1g
#14 Tilsit
(Source)
per oz14% DV
6.9g
#15 Low-Fat Meunster
(Source)
per oz14% DV
6.9g
#16 Low-Fat Mozzarella
(Source)
per oz14% DV
6.9g
#17 Cheese
(Source)
per oz14% DV
6.8g
#18 Colby
(Source)
per oz13% DV
6.7g
#19 Blue Cheese
(Source)
per oz12% DV
6.1g
#20 Brie
(Source)
per oz12% DV
5.9g

See All 118 Dairy and Egg Products High in Protein

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Data Sources and References

  1. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central

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