If you are a lover of cheese, you might have noticed cream cheeses can have a lot of syns on the slimming world plan, this is because they often have a high-fat content, but what about Boursin cheese?
Boursin cheese in particular has around 7.5 syns for a 50g portion, making it quite high in syns. It should be noted that these syns can massively change according to the flavour and type.
We've created a syn guide below which will take you through why Boursin cheese is so high in syns, some syn values of their range and low syn alternative cream cheeses which are SW friendly.
At 7.5 syns for a 50g portion, Boursin cheese uses half of your 15 syn daily allowance, making it quite a high syn cheese.
This cheese in general gets its high syn value from the fat content, having nearly 20g of fat in a 50g portion!
Do note that some types of cream cheeses can be used as your healthy extra A like Dairylea triangles (we have a full syn list here for them).
Boursin has a wide range of cheeses on offer for snacking, most have different syn values according to their ingredients and fat percentage, so as you can get a feel for the syns, we've listed their range below.
Boursin cream cheese can be very high in syns, luckily, there are lots of cream cheeses which can be used as your healthy extra A on the slimming world plan, this is also known as your dairy allowance.
When used as your healthy extra A, you do not have to syn these cheeses, used over the allowance you will then have to syn them as normal.
We've listed which cream cheeses count as your healthy extra A below, for a full healthy extra list check here.
If you find Boursin cheese to be too high in syns, there are many other low-syn cream cheese alternatives which be can be used to top crackers or rice cakes as a low syn snack.
To conclude, Boursin cheese is high in syns, having 7.5 syns for a 50g portion and 3.5-5 syns for a 25g portion, we, therefore, suggest having this cheese in moderation on the plan. Cream cheese is high in syns due to the fat content, to save syns we recommend opting for cheese which counts as your healthy extra A or light options like Primula cheese.