What Are the Saltiest Cheeses?

Related To:

A few weeks ago I asked people on Facebook what nutrition questions they want answered. This time, I got a question that surprised me: "What cheeses are the saltiest?" Random, I thought! Yet once I dived into writing this post, I realized it's a really good question; Americans eat way too much sodium, and cheese is a high-sodium culprit. If you're trying to lower the amount of sodium in your diet, knowing which cheeses are less salty than others could help you out. More generally, you can minimize the sodium load of your diet by cutting down on restaurant meals and processed foods — the two biggest sources of sodium in our diets — and cooking more meals at home using fresh, whole ingredients.

Here are some of your favorite cheeses ranked from most to least salty. To put these numbers in perspective, a teaspoon of salt is 2,400 mg of sodium, and the recommended daily limit of sodium for most people is 2,300 mg/day.

Sodium per 1-oz. slice of cheese:
American, 468 mg
Parmesan, 390 mg
Swiss cheese (processed), 388 mg
Blue cheese, 325 mg
Feta, 260 mg
Provolone, 248 mg
Gouda, 232 mg
Gruyere, 202 mg
Mozzarella, 178 mg
Munster, 178 mg
Brie, 178 mg
Cheddar, 174 mg
Monterey Jack, 150 mg
Cream cheese, 103 mg
Emmental (true Swiss cheese), 20 mg

Next Up

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins are healthier than you might think. Cooking Channel shares why they are surprisingly nutritous.

Health Reasons to Eat Pomegranates

Cut through the hype and find out the real reasons that pomegranates are so healthy for you.

7 No-Sweat Ways to Burn Calories

These easy, everyday activities burn 100 calories, so why not add them into your routine?

Drop 5 lbs: Aarti Sequeira's Healthy Restaurant Eating Guide

Let Aarti Sequeira show you how to eat healthier at restaurants and drop 5 pounds.

6 Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy

Are there healthy foods you’re avoiding because you think they’re bad for you? Check this list to find out.

How to Drop 5 Pounds and Look Five Years Younger

Get tips, menus and exercises to help you feel and look youthful on Cooking Channel's 'Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekpeeing.'

How to Turn Diet Don'ts into Diet Dos

Get tips and tricks for making pizza, burgers and even French fries part of a healthy diet plan.

On TV

Food Truck Nation

7:30am | 6:30c

Man Fire Food

10am | 9c

Man Fire Food

10:30am | 9:30c

Man Fire Food

11am | 10c

Man Fire Food

11:30am | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1pm | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fire Masters

10pm | 9c

Fire Masters

11pm | 10c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Mondays 10|9c

So Much Pretty Food Here