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Cheese Facts

Updated: March 29, 2014 2:34 pm

Cheese is one of the greatest sources of balanced and healthy diets. It is mainly obtained by milk from various animals. There are over 500 varieties of cheese made in different countries. Some people may be allergic to milk, but cheese is liked by everybody irrespective of age.

Let us know the health benefits and the popular types of cheese available. Cheese is a great source of protein and calcium. Since protein curbs hunger and keeps one feeling satisfied after meals and snacks, it may help in weight loss. As part of a well rounded nutrition plan, the protein in cheese can slow down the absorption of carbohydrates eaten at the same meal or snack and therefore help balance our blood sugar levels and improve mood as well.

Types Of Cheese

Cheddar cheese: Over any other type of cheese out there cheddar cheese is definitely the one you should stick to. It has high concentration of essential nutrients. Eating cheddar cheese reduces the risk of dental caries. It is an important source of calcium which make your teeth and bones strong and guard against osteoporosis. Zinc is the other mineral in cheddar cheese that performs some important functions like help in tissue growth and repair, prevents and treats macular degeneration, protects your skin and help keep your nails strong. Choosing fat-free cheddar cheese is a better option to gain better nutritional benefits.   People with high blood pressure should eat moderately as the content of sodium is high in cheese.

Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese is a good source of protein that provides all the amino acids that our body needs. Our body breaks this protein down into individual amino acids and then re- assembles into new protein needed to maintain healthy tissue. Calcium in this cheese helps in heart and muscle function and phosphorous make up the structure of your DNA. Eating excess of this cheese may lead to weight gain. It is a good source of selenium and anti-oxidant that help prevent arthritis and Vitamin B-12 that help reduce cardiovascular disease and memory loss.

Blue cheese: Blue cheese have anti-inflammatory properties that protect against many diseases. Fat-free blue cheese is good in the management of gout and osteoporosis and also helps to maintain strong and healthy teeth. Those with weight loss programmes, diabetes, arthritis, memory problems should limit the intake of blue cheese in your diet. Despite these drawbacks, it has phosphorous that nourishes your cell membrane and controls enzyme activity in your cells. Calcium controls your hormone level. The Vitamin B-12 found in blue cheese controls gene activity in the cell and also nourishes nerves and red blood cells.

Cream cheese: As compared to other cheeses this cheese doesn’t contain much protein or calcium. Regular cream cheese contains lot of fat especially saturated fat, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and memory loss. So choose the one with reduced fat cream cheese.

Parmesan cheese: It is a popular hard cheese used in pasta and salad dishes. Because of its intense flavour a little bit of parmesan can go a long way making it easier to eat in moderation.

Ricotta cheese: Ricotta cheese is a soft cheese and a source of calcium and protein like all other cheeses. Selenium content in this cheese helps prevent arthritis.

Romano cheese, Mozzarella cheese and Swiss cheese are also some of the popular varieties available with abundant nutritional value.

By Nibhanapudi Suguna

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