5 Hidden Health Benefits of Your Love of Cheese
When it comes to finding the perfect diet it’s safe to say the French are on to something with their love of cheese and wine… It turns out that eating cheese has many health benefits that will help you take cheese from being an occasional indulgence and deliver it to its rightful place at the heart of your diet! We asked The Nude Nutritionist - Lyndi Cohen to enlighten us with five health benefits that will have you reaching for your favourite wheel tonight.
1. It’s good for your weight goals
The latest science says people who avoid cheese don’t necessarily weigh less than those who include it. In fact – cheese may help those on an energy-restricted diet lose more weight – likely due to the combination of calcium, protein and other nutrients.
2. Get a huge nutrient hit from a small amount of cheese
Cheese packs in not only a huge calcium hit but also contains protein, zinc, phosphorus and vitamins - the stuff that keeps your bones and teeth healthy and strong while also helping our muscles and nerves to function properly. Two slices of cheese has the same amount of calcium as 32 Brussels sprouts or 21 cups raw chopped spinach! I know which one I would choose…
3. Cheese can keep you feeling full
Cheese is low-GI and a great source of hunger-busting protein, which can keep you feeling satisfied so you don’t go reaching for that afternoon sugar hit!
4. Cheese may help you live longer
Growing research into fermented foods, including cheese, shows they can contribute to longevity. The Australian Dietary Guidelines that recognise the importance of dairy foods including cheese in reducing your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Who would have thought something so delicious could actually be so good for you!?
5. Good news for the lactose intolerant folk
Those of you who are lactose intolerant don’t need to feel like they’re missing out on the party (and the health benefits!) because most hard cheeses contain virtually no lactose. Have a chat with your doctor or dietitian to discuss which types of cheeses you should be OK to tolerate.
So what are you waiting for? The news doesn’t get any feta!
For some cheesey recipe inspo – visit our Dairy Kitchen page.