Don’t give up on Cheese

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I stopped eating cheese and yogurt about 8 years ago, with no regrets.  I lost a few pounds and got rid of the bloat.  But lately I started eating Parmesan cheese, so I wanted to share with you why and what I have found out about the health benefits of certain types of cheese.

     Cheese is one of those foods that everyone seems to love.  It is used in a variety of dishes, Italian, burgers, salads, soups, and different types of sandwiches. It pares well with  wines, and is great for just snacking.

     Cheese dates back more than 10,000 years, and there are over 1,000 different varieties that are available.  Some cheeses are better than others when it comes to providing nutritious benefits.

     Cheese is not for everyone.  Cheese contains lactose which is a special sugar in cow’s milk.  Lactase is an enzyme that is needed to digest this special sugar.  There are some individuals that are lactose intolerant, and can not digest dairy products that contain lactose.  Here is an example:  A cup of cow’s milk contains 10-12 grams of lactose.  Aged hard cheese contain about 1/2 the lactose.

Biochemically, the sugar, lactose, in cow’s milk is associated with hypersensitivity, or being lactose intolerant.  Another concern about cheese is that some cow’s milk contains recombinant bovine growth hormone,  or, rBGH.  The choice here is to buy organic dairy products to insure that growth hormones are eliminated.

My recommendation for a healthy cheese is Parmesan cheese.  It has great flavors, and  lots of healthy benefits. The best thing, is that it contains only trace amounts of lactose, which is a safe level of, for people who are lactose intolerant.

For a serving size of 1 oz., it has 72 calories, contains 183 mg’s of Calcium, 6.9 mg’s of Protein, 131 mg’s of Phosphorus, Iodine and Selenium. I have this cheese as a snack  often.

     Low fat cheese has many healthy benefits.  It promotes bone health, it’s an important  source of protein, promotes healthy thyroid, and it contains tryptophan, an amino acid,  that induces sleep.

     Buyer, be where of processed cheese.  This is a food made from cheese and other unfermented dairy ingredients.  It contains emulsifiers, vegetable oils, salt, and food coloring. Example:  American Cheese , there is no nutritional benefits to processed cheese.  So read packages to ensure that you are choosing a good cheese.  It taste so good on a burger and hard to resist. 

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So don’t give up on eating cheese.  Pick a aged hard cheese, or low fat cheeses, eat it in moderation, select organic, and Enjoy!!!!

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