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?!