If you’re anything like us, you’re at least a little addicted to cheese. But if you’re planning on losing weight, or eating healthier, you might have considered cutting it out of your diet. But, is cheese as bad for you as you think it is? The answer is likely no. Cheese, in moderation, has many health benefits. It can also reduce the risk of several diseases. Here are just a few:
Immunosenescence (immune dysfunction) typically impacts the elderly, making this age group susceptible to autoimmune infections and diseases. But, some cheeses – particularly cheddar, feta, and Gouda – are great sources of probiotics, which may strengthen the immune system.
Osteoporosis is a disease that attacks and weakens bones, making them fragile and porous. The intake of calcium and vitamin D is vital in the prevention of this disease. Luckily, cheese is a great source of both!
Type 2 diabetes can be, in some instances, life-threatening. However, an intake of short-chain fatty acids has been thought to reduce the risks involved and promote satiety. They are also thought to reduce glucose levels. Cheese contains these shorter chains and can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes when consumed in suggested serving sizes.
Heart disease is also a complicated and large issue in the United States: every year, nearly 650,000 people die from heart complications. According to a recent study, 2 oz. of cheese daily can reduce the risk of heart disease by a whopping 18%!
Stroke is not considered a heart disease, but can cause heart disease and is often linked to these complications. This same study revealed that just a half oz. of cheese, each day can cut the risk of stroke back by 13%.
Of course, some cheeses are better than others, which is why we have so many soft and hard types to choose from at Bunker Hill. Shop our easy-access selection online, or stop into our store in Millersburg, Ohio (known as the Amish Country), to get those healthy fats into your diet!