Cheese is a commonly used dairy product that we’re all aware of – and love! It isn’t surprising to note that most people in the world are big fans of cheese. So let’s get to it, then! There are many different types of cheese available – Ricotta, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, Gouda, Swiss, American, Monterey Jack, etc. Unfortunately, cheese has always been accused of being fatty, unhealthy and linked to many health. These types of cheese are healthy and tasty at the same time. Consuming types of cheese can help you in the consumption of sodium and fats.
But in reality, cheese of any kind generally contains a variety of nutrients. They contain vitamins such as Vitamin A and B12, minerals such as Calcium, Zinc and Phosphorous and probiotics. It is believed that softer cheese has lesser calories than the harder ones. Different types of cheese contain different health benefits those are as follows :
Let us look at some health benefits that cheese provides.
- Rich source of calcium- Cheese, being a dairy product, is rich in calcium but less in lactose. Together, this helps cheese prevent tooth decay.
- Weight gain– In a world where most people are trying to lose weight, there are people who need to put on weight. Cheese, which contains many natural fats, can help with weight gain. Many people prefer consuming low-fat cheese that helps them regulate their body weight. The calcium in cheese also helps muscles and bones grow stronger!
- Improve bone strength– Cheese and other dairy products contain calcium that helps improve bone strength and prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
- Good for skin- Cheese contains Vitamin B which is good for skin health. Eating cheese keeps your skin clear, healthy and supple.
- Helps improve sleep– Cheese contains an amino acid known as tryptophan which is needed for the formation of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. So, consuming cheese with high tryptophan can help cure insomnia.
- Relieves migraines – Calcium from cheese also helps reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines.
Just like there are two sides to a coin, the benefits and adverse effects of consuming cheese are two aspects of the same food item. An indulgent item, cheese is healthy when eaten in moderation. Combining it with food items that counter the ill-effects of cheese is a good way to consume it. For example: Combine a low-sodium food or vegetable with cheese (which is high in sodium) to balance out your total sodium intake.
Know your facts before making food decisions. Don’t let anyone move your cheese!