As delicious as cheese is, sometimes it gets a bit of bad press because it is high in fat. However, there are many health benefits to eating cheese regularly, and as a natural source of protein it is surely one of the healthiest dessert choices. Just in case you need convincing, here are 10 reasons to crack open the cheeseboard tonight.
- It’s high in calcium
Cheese is a fantastic source of calcium, which is good for your teeth and bones. There’s also a theory that this high calcium content of cheese can limit the absorption of fatty acids – which could be why it can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.
- It’s full of good bacteria
Studies from the American Chemical Society have found that some cheeses are brimming with probiotics, which help maintain a healthy gut.
- Follow the French
The French love their fromage, and now it is believed that it may be the key to longer life. Even though as a nation the French have a high fat diet and consume 24kg of cheese annually, they have less heart disease and a longer life expectancy than Brits who consume 11kg a year. Red wine could also be the answer to a healthier, longer life so don’t feel guilty about enjoying cheese and wine!
- It pairs well with grapes
Many cheeses are perfectly paired with red or green grapes, which of course are one of your five a day. If more cheese leads to eating more fruit then it’s a win-win situation!
- It’s full of protein
Everyone knows that we should be aiming for a high protein diet, which can be difficult if you don’t eat meat. Cheese is a valuable source of protein for vegetarians, or a great addition to any diet.
- It tricks your brain into euphoria
Research from the University of Michigan has found that cheese has an ingredient, casein, which produces a feeling of euphoria similar to hard drugs. That might be why it’s so addictive, too!
- Mouldy cheeses have anti-inflammatory properties
Blue cheese has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help fight many diseases.
- No preparation involved
You know what’s great about cheese? You can eat it straight from the packet. Or simply place it on a wooden board and serve….and your guests will still be impressed.
- A meal with cheese is instantly improved
Imagine a spaghetti Bolognese without parmesan, or a summer salad without feta…it just doesn’t bear thinking about. Adding cheese is always a winner.
- It just tastes divine
Cheese tastes heavenly, and can be eaten at any time of the day. If that’s not a reason to eat more of it then what is?!