20 things you didn’t know about cheese

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When it comes to cheese, whether it’s hard or soft, goat, sheep, cow or buffalo, fermented and unfermented, enriched with noble molds, plain or smoked, I can not live without cheese. Word! Give me cheese, please!

Cheese is a product made of milk, produced in a variety of shapes, textures and flavours.

 

It is produced throughout the world, being an ancient food with origins that predate recorded history.

Throughout history, cheese has been an important part of the human diet, both as a dietary staple and a gourmet food. It is a delicious food that is very versatile. You can add it to other dishes or eat it by itself. It’s convenient and portable.

There are more than 300 varieties of cheese—including American, Cheddar, Mozzarella and Colby—many of which are available in various flavours, forms (chunks, slices, cubes, shredded, grated, crumbled, sticks, spreads) and packages to meet consumers’ needs. In addition to being delicious, cheese is highly nutritious and very rich in several vitamins and minerals.

Cheese is mainly composed of fat and protein, the proportions of which depend on the type of cheese.

I know it has more calories, but if consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet, cheese is full of healthy benefits because of the fat it contains. Even if saturated fat is less of a concern, calories still matter. To reduce calories, you can grate or sprinkle harder cheeses over your dishes or use small amounts of aromatic and sharp cheeses for their delicious cheese flavour.

Here are the most important benefits that cheese brings to your body:

  • Cheese is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. These include calcium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin A, and vitamin K2.
  • Cheese can help you stay slim, thanks to a substance called butyrate.
  • Cheese is whey good for building muscle, as calcium help you keep your bones strong.
  • Eating cheese can keep your teeth healthier thanks to calcium and phosphorus.
  • The butyrate in cheese can protect against colon cancer by nourishing the cells of your colon, and by reducing that inflammation that can damage the colon over time.
  • Cheese is a rich source of high-quality protein, mainly casein.
  • Cheese is a healthy source of quality protein, moreover, it is rich in essential amino acids that the body can not produce by itself. Milk proteins are of excellent quality, rich in essential amino acids, and highly digestible.
  • It reduces cholesterol. Cheese is recommended for people with cardiovascular problems or increased cholesterol levels, due to the low content of saturated fat.
  • Unlike trans fats found in processed foods, ruminant trans fats are considered to have health benefits when consumed in reasonable amounts.
  • Decreases stress. Containing vitamin B12, goat cheese is recommended in states of stress, anxiety and helps us to focus more easily.
  • Minimizes blood pressure.
  • It is useful for smooth pregnancy. Calcium content in cheese is very good for pregnant women. This helps to stimulate contractions during labor. This is also useful when it comes to proper milk production to feed the baby.
  • Cheese reduces PMS problems and its associated symptoms in women.
  • It can be helpful to cure migraine headaches. Calcium intake reduces the problem of migraines.
  • As an excellent source of minerals, cheese may cut the risk of heart disease.
  • Cheese is useful to facilitate your immune system. This can reduce illness and diseases.
  • Cheese contains small amounts of carbohydrates, mainly lactose. Certain types of cheese are not suitable for people who are lactose intolerant.
  • It prevents osteoporosis and slows its evolution. Consumption of dairy products, such as cheese, has long been recognized as an effective strategy against this disease, especially among elderly women.
  • It prevents tooth decay, providing protection against acid attack.
  • Cheese is good against gastritis. People suffering from ulcer or gastritis are advised to eat fresh cheese.

Cheese is so highly popular worldwide, produced in a variety of forms, textures and flavours.

I’ll pour a glass of wine and we should continue with some recipes.

Give me more cheese, please! 🙂

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