Society’s undying affinity for cheese predates written history itself. This ancient delicacy – with its over 300 luscious varieties – has stood the test of time and then some. Be it Brie, Gouda, Camembert or Cheddar; the innumerable nutrients it contains has ensured it’s stood the test of health as well.
Healthier digestive system
Cheese is brimming with probiotics (i.e. the “good” bacteria) which can help you maintain a healthy digestive system, which in turn can have a direct positive effect on other aspects of your body, such as your brain or heart.
Calcium is key to developing and maintaining strong and healthy bones. There is a significant deficit of calcium in most western diets, with over half of all people suffering from a deficiency. The abundance of calcium in cheese, as a result, can help the prevention of ailments such as osteoporosis.
Drinks such as coffee, tea, wine, and soda can decrease the pH levels in your mouth, and cause acid erosion of your teeth enamel. Cheese can be instrumental in the rapid increase of your pH levels (with as little as a third of a serving), protecting your teeth in the process.
Cheese also contains significant levels of quality protein, core to the development of strong and healthy muscles. Just a single serving alone can contain as much as 8 grams of protein, which is nearly a fifth of the recommend dietary intake.
Higher metabolism and immunity
Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA, in cheese is a fat burning acid which promotes metabolic rates, and helps maintain a healthy fat-to-muscle ratio. It is also an antioxidant which helps improve one’s immune system, as well as lower inflammation and soreness.
Cheese also contains many of the beneficial nutrients present in milk and yogurt, often in a more concentrated form. This includes – but is not limited to – a plentiful supply of vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin K2, phosphorous, sodium, riboflavin, and more.
So grab a slice or even a platter, and fromage your way to good health!