Feta cheese is often used to top salads and burgers. While it may be a dairy product, there are both positives and negatives to using it as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Feta cheese is in the Greek family of cheeses. According to Food Reference, feta cheese was initially created from goat's milk. Now, it is made from cow's milk in most cases.
As with any other dairy product, feta cheese is a great source of calcium. A serving of 1 oz. of feta cheese will give you around 14 percent of your daily calcium needs.
A small 1-oz. serving of feta cheese contains up to 100 calories. Adding feta to a salad or burger will noticeably increase its calorie count.
A serving of feta cheese can add protein to a meal; 1 oz. of feta cheese will bring 4 g of protein to the food.
Feta cheese is high in fat, but is higher in saturated fat: 4.2 of the 6 g of fat found in 1 oz. of feta cheese come from saturated fat. This is over 20 percent of your daily value.