Are There Health Benefits to Cheese?

Cheese on a board

From Gouda to manchego and Pepper Jack to parmesan, there is a reason “saying cheese” means to smile. People love it. Cheese is a staple in many fridges and a must-have for charcuterie boards, wine pairings, and sandwiches, but should you take health concerns into consideration before feasting on some feta?

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and schools with wholesale produce. With a 54,000 square foot warehouse and over 30 delivery trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’re the go-to source for produce distribution. Read our blog post below to learn some nutrition facts that are sure to have you cheesin’.

Brie-lieve In the Power Of Cheese

Old school thinking says that cheese is unhealthy because it contains large amounts of saturated fats. It was thought that cheese would make you fat and increase your risk of health issues. Newer research raises doubts about the link between saturated fats and issues such as heart disease. This research shows that we can’t look at one aspect of food, such as saturated fat, and judge its overall effect on the body. There is even preliminary evidence that suggests some types of saturated fat may be more neutral than others, possibly even beneficial. In fact, eating cheese, in moderation, is linked with numerous health benefits.

Cheese Helps Say Gouda-Bye to Certain Health Risks

A 2016 report from Science Direct compared how much dairy people ate to whether they developed cardiovascular disease. They found that eating 2 ounces of cheese each day was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of experiencing heart disease. They also found that stroke risk could be cut 13 percent by eating as little as half an ounce of cheese a day. Some researchers even think cheese might explain the “French Paradox”, that French people have low rates of heart disease despite their affinity for saturated fat-heavy foods like cheese.

Cardiovascular disease is not the only health risk that gets better with cheddar. Cheese contains calcium and whey proteins, which may reduce insulin resistance. An analysis of studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating 1 3/4 ounces of cheese a day may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 8 percent. 

Great Smiles Start With Gorgonzola

One of the best foods to eat to improve oral health is cheese. Cheese contains a protein called casein which strengthens the teeth’s enamel and prevents acidic foods from destroying the teeth. Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, soft-ripened varieties such as Brie or Camembert, or blue cheese like Roquefort or Gorgonzola are best for your dental health.

Evade Your Demise With Cheese  

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but cheese makes you live longer. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed 960 men for almost 15 years to test the relationship between food they ate and when they died. They found that eating about 2 ounces of cheese a day was associated with a 38 percent lower likelihood that they died during the study. This could be attributed to the blood pressure lowering effects of calcium, cheese’s ability to slow fat absorption, or a variety of other factors. 

Wanna be Stronger? Gotta Have Ricotta

Researchers of a study from Clinical Interventions in Aging set out to investigate whether adding a cup of ricotta cheese to your daily diet would improve skeletal muscle mass and physical performance. They found that over 12 weeks ricotta boosted muscle mass and improved balance in healthy adults over 60. 

Check Out a Variety of Cheeses At Peddler’s Son Wholesale Produce

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