Three Cheers for Cheese!

Happy National Cheese Lovers Day! As a Wisconsin girl who grew up on a steady cheese diet, this holiday is right up my alley. Most of us don’t have to be convinced that cheese tastes good, but is it also good for you? You might be surprised!



So, what does cheese contain that not only tastes good but also does our body good?

1. Calcium (duh)
This one is easy! We all know dairy products are a great source of calcium for our bones and teeth. One serving of cheese provides 15% of your daily value for calcium! (Or up to 30% if you can’t stop at just one slice!)

2. Protein
Cheese contains up to 14% of your daily value of protein in one serving! Since cheese is easier to digest than milk for some of those who are lactose-intolerant, consider trying a small serving of cheese as a post-workout snack to boost protein intake.

3.Pantothenic Acid (B5)
Speaking of workouts, cheese also contains a whopping 45% of your daily value of Vitamin B5 per serving! This is great for your body’s ability to break down carbs, fats, and protein during and after a workout to keep your muscles fueled.

4.Butyrate
This is a fatty acid which studies have recently shown to help reduce inflammation. Guess what is a good source of butyrate? You guessed it, cheese! Butyrate is being researched for many benefits including fighting inflammation, boosting metabolism, and even building good bacteria in the gut. Gouda, blue, parmesan, and cheddar typically have the largest amount of butyrate per serving!

In short, these are just a few of the surprising benefits contained in cheese. Who knew that vegetables weren’t the only pizza topping that could be good for you!


Sources:

Hurly A. The Surprising Health Benefits of Cheese. GQ. https://www.gq.com/story/the-surprising-health-benefits-of-cheese. Published December 2, 2016. Accessed January 18, 2018.

Is Cheese Good for You? Dairy Good. https://dairygood.org/content/2017/is-cheese-good-for-you. Published January 16, 2017. Accessed January 18, 2018.

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