Thou Shall Eat Cheese
Too often, people view cheese as a type of “splurge food,” something that doesn’t belong in a healthy diet. But that’s a mindset that lives in the past, and shall die now. For it is my life’s mission to show you how to make cheese a nutritional staple. It all starts with the first of the Ten Commandments. Read on to learn five reasons why cheese has a place in your daily life.
1. Cheese is a nutrient-dense food.
One serving of hard cheese contains 15% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, over 10% of B2, over 20% of B6, and almost 40% of the recommended value of B12, with an energy content of only 10% of the daily diet. The only essential nutrients that cheese lacks are vitamin C and fiber..
2. Cheese can help you poop.
Probiotics found in cheese (notably in raw cheese) supply the gut with beneficial bacteria that contribute to intestinal health, support a healthy immune system, and keep you regular.
3. Cheese can help you lose weight.
Studies show that people who regularly consume cheese have higher levels of butyric acid, a compound linked with weight loss and higher metabolism3, especially in overweight women1.
4. Cheese is high in calcium.
The concentration of calcium in cheese and dairy products not only assists in the formation and maintenance of strong bones and teeth, but is also lined to positive effects on blood pressure.
5. Cheese is a good source of both fat and protein.
The high protein and fat content regulates your blood sugar and keeps you more full, making you less cranky2. It’s also incredibly delicious and delightful (no citation needed).
Thus, I give you permission to enjoy a proper portion of cheese every day.
Love your cheese, savor every bite of life, and enjoy yourself.
- Dairy Science Technology. Epub 2008.”Cheese is an Integral Part of a Healthy Diet.” Barbara Walther*, Alexandra Schmid, Robert Sieber, Karin Wehrmuller
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. May 2007. Vol. 85 No. 5 1203-1211. “CLA, a Fat Naturally Found in Cheese, Assists Body Fat Loss.” Leah D Whigham, Abigail C Watras, and Dale A Schoeller
- International Association for the Study of Obesity. December 2013. Epub August 2013. “Is butyrate the link between diet, intestinal microbiota and obesity-related metabolic diseases?” Brahe LK, Astrup A, Larsen LH.