Often thought of as a luxury item, it turns out that eating cheese has many health benefits that may suprise you.
The Nude Nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen, enlightened us with five health benefits that will have you reaching for your favourite wheel tonight.
Growing research into fermented foods, including cheese, shows they can contribute to longevity. The Australian Dietary Guidelines 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.
Cheese packs in not only a huge calcium hit but also contains protein, zinc, phosphorus and vitamins – the stuff that keeps our 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.
Those of you who are lactose intolerant don’t need to feel like you'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 cheese you should be OK to tolerate.
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.
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!
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