We generally view non-fat or low-fat cheese as the healthy option, but the French are notorious for staying slim while eating rich, full-fat versions. How do they do it?
"The whole thing is a matter of portion control," says Diane Sauvage, a native of France and a partner at Interval USA, an importer of French cheeses that are available in many natural food stores. These are typical serving sizes:
- Hard cheese: A thumb tip
- Soft cheese: A tablespoon
Much like wines, French cheeses are chosen for their unique regional flavors and qualities. Small dairy farms use age-old, artisanal methods and milk from animals raised without hormones, GMOs, or chemical additives-traditional techniques that mirror our organic practices.
Meanwhile, in this country, there's a trend of artisanal methods being used to make gourmet non-dairy cheeses-more choices to please your palate. To learn about different French cheeses and recipes, visit thecheesesofeurope.com.