Cheese is a staple for many of us, whether you have it on pizza, crackers or to top your pasta bake, but cheese is also very high in fat and is calorie dense, often making this food high in syns.
Keeping track of the syns in cheese can be difficult too, this is because syn values vary according to the type of cheese you pick and the amount you use.
In our ultimate cheese syn guide below, we will take you through why you need to be tracking the syns in cheese and our list of low-syn cheeses to help with your weight loss.
Tracking the syns in cheese is very important, cheese no matter the type is high in syns due to the fat content which can lead to weight gain if not consumed in moderation.
It's important to count the syns in cheese so that you cannot go over your 15 syn daily allowance. Your 15 daily syn allowance is set in place on the slimming world so you can indulge in non-free foods and still lose weight.
In order to track the syns in cheese, we always suggest weighing out your portion of this food too rather than simply sprinkling it on dishes.
To help you understand the different syns in cheese, we've listed some popular brands and types below along with their syn values.
If you are looking for a cheese sauce to pair with your dinner, you need to be cautious about the syns in these kinds of sauces to added ingredients such as milk and oil which can make them even higher in fat.
On average, Colman's cheese sauce and other kinds of cheese sauces have 4 syns for 100g, making them moderate in syns.
Cheese strings are a childhood favourite for many of us and make a great high-protein snack too! Cheese strings tend to have around 3 syns per one, making them low in syns and allowing you to have up to five before using all your allowance.
Feta cheese is a staple for Greek salads, but this salty cheese needs to be synned on the slimming world plan due to its syns. Feta cheese has around 4 syns for 30g making it high in syns for a small portion, we, therefore, suggest weighing out your feta to be on the safe side.
Primula is a popular cream cheese to use, whether added in creamy pasta sauces or as a spread for sandwiches, the cheese comes in light and original versions, having on average 2 syns for a 25g squeeze, making it a great low-syn cream cheese.
Macaroni cheese is notoriously known for being junk food but can be eaten on the SW plan as long as you are tracking the syns, on average you expect a 100g portion to have 8.5 syns, 200g would cost your whole daily syn allowance.
Cheddar cheese is a staple in the fridge and essential for many meals, but rather than mindlessly grating this cheese over dishes, track the syns, having on average 2 syns for 10g or around 6 syns for a 30g portion which is half of your daily syn allowance.
To save syns we suggest opting for reduced-fat cheddar which has 1.5 syns for 10g.
Go Go cheese spread is perfect for sandwiches and crackers, having 2 syns a serving, you could have up to 7 servings of the spread before using all of your 15 daily syns.
Fat free cottage cheese is considered syn-free on the slimming world plan, but what about regular cottage cheese? You can expect normal cottage cheese to have around 5 syns for 100g due to the fat content, we, therefore, suggest having it in moderation.
In certain amounts, cheese can also be used as your healthy extra A on the slimming world plan which is also known as your dairy allowance contributing to your overall protein intake.
We've listed the amounts of different cheeses which can be used as your healthy extra A below.
Overall, cheese is very high in syns on the slimming world due to it being high in fat, to stay on track we suggest opting for reduced-fat versions of your favourite cheese whether feta, cheddar or cottage cheese. It's best to weigh out your portion of cheese too so you can be accurate with syns.