Feta cheese is traditionally made using sheep’s milk. Feta has an intense flavor, and is popular in salads and cooked Mediterranean-style dishes.
Servings and Calories
One wedge of feta cheese, which weighs about 1 ounce or 28 grams, makes up a single serving and contains 76 calories. Because feta cheese made from sheep’s milk has a higher fat content, the calorie count per serving may be slightly higher, depending on the specific producer and the method used to produce the cheese.
The total fat content of a wedge of feta cheese comes to 6.5 grams of fat, about 10 percent of the recommended daily value. However, saturated fat makes up 4 grams of this total, about 21 percent of the recommended daily intake of this type of fat. The carbohydrate content of feta is 0 grams, and a serving of this cheese contains 5 grams of protein. A wedge of feta contains 21 milligrams of cholesterol and 258 milligrams of sodium. You can soak feta in water for a few minutes prior to use to decrease its sodium content, according to PCC Natural Markets.
A wedge of feta cheese supplies 14 percent of the daily recommended intake. Calcium is important for the prevention of osteoporosis, colon cancer, migraine headaches and PMS, which also states that calcium from dairy products, including feta cheese, is better for bone health than calcium acquired from supplements. Feta is also high in phosphorus and contains other important minerals including iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc and potassium.
Since feta cheese is high in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat, it should be eaten only as an occasional indulgence, not with every meal. Nonetheless, the nutrients in this dairy product make feta a good way to incorporate dairy into a healthy and balanced diet. Feta made from sheep’s milk may provide more of a nutritional boost, as sheep’s milk contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals than cow’s milk, explains Nutra Ingredients.
Serving Size 1oz (28g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76, Calories from Fat 58
|% Daily Values*|
|Total Fat 6.5g||10%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||21%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Vitamin A 4% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 14% • Iron 0%
*Percentage Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||20g|