Cheese can "absolutely" be considered nutritious, Anna told POPSUGAR. "Cheese can be a wonderful source of vitamin A, protein, and calcium," she explained. "It also can lead to increased satiety by providing us with a serving of fat."
As with almost all foods, though, she added that it's best not to eat too much of it. Easier said than done, especially when it comes to cheese: warm and melted, sliced and cold, it's so easy to start and just keep on going. That's one reason why cheese has a bad reputation, Anna said: it's a rich source of fat and calories that is easy to overindulge in.
To avoid that, Anna recommends eating just one serving a day, which amounts to one slice or a portion that's roughly the size of two dice. "We do need to account for the extra calories, fat and sodium," she explained. "I find this is a good guideline that helps us keep our cheese intake in check." However, she added that the amount of cheese you should eat really depends on the rest of your diet, as well as your weight and any medical conditions. Talk to a dietitian for more personalized guidelines.
We should also note that all of that goes for people who are able to consume lactose. If you're lactose intolerant, eating too much cheese can lead to gastrointestinal issues, Anna said. However, she noted that aged hard cheese is likely to go over a little better than other kinds.