This article has been Fact-Checked by Kendall Kennedy MS, RD, RYT
Choosing the right foods when trying to lose weight can be a challenge. What about brie cheese, is it good for weight loss or not?
Brie cheese is a soft cheese made from cow milk. This cheese originates in the French region Brie but it is now made and consumed all over the world.
That means exact nutrition values can vary from type to type but one example can show how good or bad brie cheese is for weight loss.
Brie is a rather high-calorie cheese. On the other hand, these calories are mostly of the weight loss friendly kind. That means some brie cheese can benefit weight loss but you have to see for your individual situation exactly how much.
Find out the nutritional details of brie cheese to see whether this food deserves a place in your weight loss diet.
Micronutrients in brie cheese
The first thing to look at is the amount of micronutrients in brie cheese.
Micronutrients are a group of nutrients your body absolutely needs to survive and thrive. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. These are involved in basically every aspect of your health, including weight loss.
100 grams of brie cheese provides you with approximately (1):
- Riboflavin: 31% of the DV (Daily Value)
- Vitamin B12: 28% of the DV
- Sodium: 26% of the DV
- Selenium: 21% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 19% of the DV
- Calcium: 18% of the DV
- Folate: 16% of the DV
- Zinc: 16% of the DV
- Vitamin A: 12% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 12% of the DV
And some other vitamins and minerals in less significant amounts. That’s a good amount of vitamins and minerals per 100 grams compared to a lot of other foods. That being said, there are cheeses that are better in this area.
Another thing you have to keep in mind that overdoing it with certain vitamins and minerals is not good either. In the case of brie cheese the main mineral to keep in mind is sodium.
Consuming too much sodium may have negative side effects. If you already get a lot of sodium from your current diet adding brie cheese on top of that might not be a smart idea.
Protein in brie cheese for weight loss
Another part of food that can help you on your weight loss journey is the amount of protein in it.
Brie cheese contains about 20.7 grams of protein per 100 grams. To compare, there are about 25.4 grams per 100 grams in salmon (2).
Brie cheese is a good source of protein per 100 grams compared to most foods. That being said, if you look at the cheeses highest in protein, there are a few kinds of cheese that are even higher in protein. It all depends on what you compare with.
Eating enough protein will also help you prevent muscle loss. Since muscle helps you burn extra calories throughout the day this is a big plus for protein and brie cheese for weight loss.
Do keep in mind that overdoing it with protein isn’t good either.
Does brie cheese make you lose or gain weight?
You still need a final piece of the puzzle. The amount of calories in brie cheese.
Brie cheese contains around 334 calories per 100 grams. 2.1 of these calories come from carbohydrates (0.5 g per 100 grams).
The amount of calories in brie cheese is rather high compared to most whole foods. Compared to other cheeses brie cheese is a medium-calorie cheese per 100 grams. This puts brie cheese in the middle of the list of the best cheeses for weight loss.
On the other hand, most of these calories come from its protein and fat content which are both considered filling macronutrients. Consuming enough protein is also just important for weight loss in general.
Brie cheese is certainly not the worst possible food for weight loss but if you struggle a lot with overeating calories you might want to choose other foods.
Certain people want to avoid brie cheese altogether because of lactose and dairy intolerance problems.
Can you eat the rind of brie cheese?
You can eat the rind, the outside, of brie cheese. Doing this can save you the time and effort from cutting it up.
Different ways to eat brie cheese
Brie cheese can be eaten in many different ways and recipes. Some of these are better than others when it comes to losing weight.
The most straightforward way of eating brie cheese is just on its own as a snack or with other healthy ingredients in for example a salad.
Another popular way to eat brie is to cut the rind on the top off, and bake it in the oven. This leaves you with a dip bowl of brie cheese. If you’re trying to lose weight you want to stick to dipping with vegetables and avoid dipping with crackers.