"Despite almost universal popularity, cheese often has its nutritional value questioned. The reason for this is due to the high-fat content. However, recent research shows that dairy is an incredibly beneficial food group — especially the high-fat variety.
This article will present nine science-backed reasons why cheese is good for you.
Cheese is Good For Heart Health
While cheese — and saturated fat in particular — have been demonized for their high saturated fat content, recent research shows a different story. You may have heard that cheese is bad for your heart and arteries, but the truth is that cheese is a heart-healthy food. In fact, higher consumption of high-fat dairy such as cheese and sour cream appears to actually lower heart disease risk, as well as improve blood sugar control.
Key Point: Despite widespread belief that cheese is one of the worst foods for your heart, the opposite is true.
Cheese is convenient and easy to take to work or school, making it a good snack for diabetics. At the end of the day; cheese is good for you, improves blood sugar regulation, and is not a food diabetics should avoid.
Key Point: Despite traditional thoughts viewing high-fat as bad for diabetics, the research shows the complete opposite. Cheese reduces negative risk factors and helps improve blood sugar control.
As you may know, cheese is one of the best dietary sources of calcium. Just one slice of cheddar cheese provides 201mg — 20% of the RDA for calcium. Calcium
is important because it helps strengthen our teeth.
Key Point: Overall, cheese is a ‘superfood’ for dental health. Including cheese as part of your diet may help prevent tooth decay.
Key Point: While it might sound crazy to some, it actually isn’t. Cheese can help you lose weight.
Lactose intolerance is a condition that affects a large percentage of people. While this figure can be as low as 5-15% of the population in Britain, it reaches 85-95% in East Asia. Of course, the degree of lactose intolerance varies wildly in every individual; some people cannot tolerate dairy at all. However, some people may be less sensitive and can consume certain dairy without ill effect.
If you haven’t heard about vitamin K2, then here are just a few of the benefits;
Prevention of calcified plaque in the arteries
Lower risk of heart disease
Promotion of apoptosis (death of cancer cells)
This vitamin is one of the most important for our overall health, but it’s relatively unknown to the general public.
Key Point: Deficiency in vitamin K2 is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease. Generally speaking, the best place to get vitamin K2 is from grass-fed animal products — just another reason why cheese is good for you.
Animal foods as a whole are high in protein. The nutritional value of cheese is impressive for many nutrients — and protein is no exception. The protein content in cheese is usually around 25g per 100g. Another great thing about cheese is how adaptable it is; cheese can be used for cooking, as part of a platter to serve with wine or just alone. It’s highly nutritious and tastes great.
Key Point: Cheese is a good source of protein and contains 25g per 100g.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a kind of naturally occurring trans fat — but don’t panic — it’s extremely healthy. The benefits of a diet high in CLA include cancer protection, weight loss, increased immunity and reduced inflammation.
Fortunately, grass-fed cheese is high in conjugated linoleic acid. For this purpose, try to choose cheese from cows raised on pasture whenever possible. Cheese from grass-fed cows is much higher in CLA than cheese from grain-fed cows. If you have access to a local farm that produces grass-fed cheese, then this would be the best option. For those of you who live in the United States, there’s an excellent resource here which lists all the grass-fed cheese brands by location.
Key Point: The high CLA content is just another reason why cheese is good for you. However, make sure you buy grass-fed cheese for the full benefits.
To sum up, cheese is an incredible tasting food that offers a wealth of health benefits. It is high in essential nutrients and also helps reduce the risk of a variety of health conditions. As with most natural products, don’t fear the fat content — naturally occurring fat is no problem. In short, dairy fat is not bad for you — and cheese is good for you."
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