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.

 

Parmesan cheese is considered to be among the top cheeses by cheese connoisseurs. It has to be produced from cows grazing on fresh grass and hay. Parmesan cheese has a hard, gritty texture and is fruity and nutty in taste. It is mostly grated over pastas, used in pizzas. It is also eaten on its own as a snack.

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.

Gorgonzola is one of the world’s oldest blue-veined cheeses. The Cheese is mainly produced in the northern Italian regions. Unskimmed cow’s milk is used while preparing the cheese. Generally it takes three to four months to attain full ripeness. This cheese has crumbly and soft texture with nutty aroma. It can have a mild to sharp taste depending on its age.

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.

Feta is undoubtedly one of the most famous Greek cheeses. It is a pickled curd cheese that has a salty and tangy taste enhanced by a brine solution. The texture depends on the age, which can be extremely creamy, or crumbly dry. The cheese can be used as a table cheese or melted on a traditional Greek salad or pizza.

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.

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