Are you a person who loves Cheese? In that case, you must have up till now heard people saying it is unhealthy. But least they know the bang-up benefits this dairy product has.
The benefits of cheese may outweigh some of its disadvantages.
Cheese is basically formed when the protein casein in milk coagulates. There are many types of cheese - brie, cheddar, Edam, parmesan and camembert. Cheese can also be processed or unprocessed, aged or fresh, and whole-milk or low fat.
No matter what the type, cheese is a good source of calcium and protein. A cube of cheese has 80 calories, 6.5g of fat, 0.5g of carbs and 5g proteins.
However, like most good things, cheese in excess can cause other health problems.
Here are some of the health benefits of cheese:
Improves Teeth and Bones
Since cheese is a good source of calcium, including cheese in your food in a day can help strengthen your teeth and bones. Apart from calcium, cheese also has proteins, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A and D, all of which can give you strong bones. These nutrients, especially calcium which helps in tooth formation, promotes dental health and prevents cavities.
Controls Blood Pressure
Cheese gets a lot of bad press for being high in calories. But there are stats that show cheese consumption can help in reducing blood pressure, despite being high in fat and sodium. To make the best use of cheese, opt for the low-fat varieties such as cottage cheese, feta, and goat’s cheese.
Promotes Gut Flora
The good bacteria is important for overall health. That’s why it’s important to eat fermented food that promotes gut microbiome. Cheese contains healthful bacteria that has an ameliorative effect on health.
Helps Maintain Body Weight
According to Studies, people who are on the heavier side often have a calcium deficiency. Therefore it is believed that upping one’s calcium intake can help bring BMI (Body Mass Index) to normal levels. And since is a rich source of calcium, people who are trying to lose weight can opt for a low-fat, low-sodium variant.
Strengthens Blood Vessels
While cheese can be high in sodium, some studies reveal that it can be beneficial in preventing cardiovascular problems by strengthening the arteries.
By Sowmya Sangam