Four Benefits of Eating Cheese
When we talk about cheese, we don’t refer to the neon yellow stuff that comes in a can or out of a pump at the nacho station in the convenient mart. Nearly 2000 varieties of cheese exist – everything from the pungent Limburger to the delicate Baby Swiss, and that means you have endless choices when it comes to including cheese in your menus.
You might be wary of cheese, since there are different schools of thought about its health benefits. Processed cheese, for example, may not be as healthy as something organically made. Of course, moderation in diet is important.
However, if you love cheese there is good news – there are advantages to the occasional slice with your fruit plate.
Cheese is good for bones and teeth – Cheese is a good source of calcium. As you age, it’s important to get your daily recommended intake of calcium to help prevent osteoporosis. Eating cheese can also help keep your teeth strong and healthy by increasing the pH levels in your mouth.
Cheese is rich in certain vitamins – Eating cheese gives you the benefit of B12 which benefits the nervous system, and Vitamin K2, which is helpful for brain function.
Cheese can help your thyroid – Hard cheeses contain selenium, which is beneficial for promoting thyroid health.
Cheese is a good source of protein – If you do not eat meat but will eat dairy, adding certain cheeses to your diet can help you get your recommended intake.
While cheese in general make a good snacking alternative to sugary treats, it’s important to watch how much you eat. Some varieties have more sodium than others, and if you have allergies you should watch for added ingredients to other types.
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