Say Cheese! Everybody loves cheese. It is difficult to come across someone who will say I don’t like cheese. Yet people think it is not healthy to eat cheese. There is a grain of truth to it. What is crucial is how is the cheese made, how it is eaten and how much.
Natural, unprocessed, chemical-free cheese is good. It packs a lot of nutrients that our body needs like calcium, protein and other minerals. Plus, it is yummy, adds flavor to different dishes and some things are simply incomplete without it – like PIZZA!
Instead of shying away from pizzas, embrace those, which are made with natural cheeses like Mozzarella, Parmesan, Cheddar, Gorgonzola (commonly referred to Blue cheese), Feta, etc.
What scares people most about cheese is that it will make us fat. The answer to this may sound clichéd but true – eat in moderation. Our bodies need fat, not too much, but we do need it. Fat gives energy and it is required for healthy hair and skin, protecting our vital body organs and so on.
Another myth busted about cheese – Cheese is good for our teeth! Yes, it may sound unbelievable but it is true. We all know dairy foods contain calcium and our teeth and bones are made from calcium. In fact, the combination of casein (a protein found in cheese), phosphorus and calcium in cheese may actually help replace lost minerals in our teeth. The dental benefits of cheese don’t end there, though: having a small amount of cheese after a meal can help to neutralize the build-up of acid left in our mouth after eating, as well as stimulating the production of saliva, which can help to reduce dental issues.
So, next time before we stop our child from eating pizza, consider what kind of cheese is being used on the pizza (we are well within our rights to ask that question while ordering the next one), rather than shooting down the entire pie, which might upset our dear one.
Last but not the least, Cheese makes us happy! The fats in the cheese encourage our brains to produce dopamine, a natural feel-good chemical released in our brains’ “reward centers”.
We are not trying to sound like a cheese snob, but we feel there is a need to point out the benefits of cheese, which do not apply to its plastic, processed counterparts packed with preservatives and chemicals and sold in attractive slices, cubes or blocks.
We are talking about real, natural cheese, made from higher quality milk from happy, grass-fed cows, rather than those raised on grain or corn peels.
What we eat is our own choice, though making a well-informed choice is also in our hands. So, go ahead enjoy that slice of heaven and share it with someone you love.