5 Low-sodium Cheeses

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To some, "low-sodium" means "cheese-free." Salt, after all, plays a critical role in cheese making, preventing both quick bacteria growth and an overly acidic product.

You'll find low-sodium versions of lots of cheeses at the supermarket (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines "low sodium" as less than 140 milligrams per serving), but sometimes, even people with high blood pressure want a straight-up piece of unmodified, tastes-like-it's-supposed-to-taste cheese.

Luckily, there are options. Here, five cheeses that fall on the lower end of the sodium spectrum, each one easy to find and full of traditional cheesy goodness.

No. 5 on the list isn't technically "low-sodium," but as far as popular, versatile cheeses go, it's a very solid choice.