We’re almost an entire month into 2017, and hopefully you’ve all stuck with your New Year’s resolutions…or are trying to stick with your New Year’s resolutions.
One of our resolutions was obviously to eat more cheese!
Check out some of the health benefits you may or may not have known were associated with eating cheese:
1) Nutrients 101
This winter has provided us with some of the harshest flu and cold symptoms in recent memory. If you were to take antibiotics to remedy your illness, there’s a strong possibility that the ratio of good to bad bacteria (in your stomach especially) will be thrown off. Eating cheese has been proven to assist your body in building back up the good bacteria to get you on the road to recovery.
2) Calcium: Good For Bones and Teeth
Did you know that a one ounce serving of Swiss, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese provides you with roughly 200 mg of calcium? That’s 1/5th of your daily calcium intake right there…and let’s be honest, you’re going to have more than an ounce!
It has recently been proven that eating cheese not only provides your teeth with an excellent source of calcium, but it also helps protect them from acid erosion caused by all of our favourite things to drink (ie. wine, coffee, carbonated beverages). Cheese assists your saliva in raising pH levels quicker and higher in an effort to protect tooth enamel.
3) Do You Even Lift, Bro?
There are definitely certain types of people who are attempting to gain and sustain weight/muscle mass, and cheese can be a huge help. Athletes who consume full-fat cheese are doing so because it’s optimal for weight gain, in addition to the high levels of calcium and protein discussed earlier.
The fat burning conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is commonly found in sharp cheddar cheese, and does its work by converting fat to energy and minimizing the size of fat cells.
4) Heart Matters
According to the International Dairy Federation, the average Frenchman eats the most amount of cheese per capita of any other country…that’s nearly DOUBLE what is consumed by the average American man! Some way, some how, Frenchmen have one of the lowest rates of coronary heart disease deaths in the world.
AKA cheese = good for the heart (which we have to say, we already knew!)
Ultimately, we operate on an "everything in moderation" mantra, but we have to admit...we love our cheese; and love that YOU do as well.