To Eat Or Not To Eat: Benefits And Side Harms Of Cheese
Cheese contains vital and valuable proteins, milk fat, minerals, and vitamins. Their concentration is almost 10 times higher than in milk from which cheese is made. The protein contained in cheese is digested much better than protein from fresh milk. The cheese also contains A, B1, B2, B12, C, D, E, PP, pantothenic acid, etc. What are the benefits and harms of cheese for our health?
1. Cheese makes you stronger
Cheese contains a lot of proteins that build muscles, increase immunity, transmit nerve impulses, and participate in the process of growth, development, and restoration of cells. Therefore, if you want to build muscles, eating cheese will help you.
2. Cheese strengthens bones
Approximately 99% of the calcium in the human body is stored in bones and teeth. If blood lacks calcium, the body takes it from the bones. As a result, the bones become fragile which increases the risk of osteoporosis.
Therefore, it’s quite important to consume calcium-rich foods including cheese. 100 grams of cheese can provide a daily intake of calcium. Cheese can even prevent tooth decay and make your family dentist happy.
Cheese is one of the few foods that contain vitamin D which improves calcium absorption. Vitamin D is usually synthesized in the human body under the influence of sunlight, that’s why it’s important to find its additional sources in the cold season.
3. Cheese saturates us with energy
Cheese contains B vitamins that are involved in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to tissues and organs. Therefore, if the body lacks vitamin B12, the cells lack oxygen which leads to energy loss, breathing problems, and anemia.
B vitamins have a beneficial effect on hematopoiesis (B12), B1 increases working capacity, and B2 promotes energy production and is a catalyst in the processes of tissue respiration. Vitamin B2 deficiency at an early age leads to a slowdown in child development and growth.
4. Cheese improves metabolism
Cheese contains beneficial bacteria that improve the intestinal microflora. And this allows the body to better break down and absorb various nutrients and remove toxins.
1. Cheese increases blood pressure
It’s no secret that most types of cheeses are quite salty. Excessive salt intake raises blood pressure, overloads the heart and blood vessels, and even shortens life. If you are a cheese lover, you should reduce the number of other salty foods in your daily menu.
2. Cheese interferes with weight loss
Don’t forget that cheese contains a lot of fats, including saturated fats. Cheese is not diet food. If you want to lose weight, you need to limit cheese consumption.
3. Cheese is high in cholesterol
100 grams of cheese contains 80 mg of cholesterol which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypercholesterolemia, and atherosclerosis. High levels of fat, cholesterol, and saturated fatty acids negatively affect blood vessels and heart health.
Cheese is very healthy but only if eaten in moderation and may bring a lot of benefits. People with gastritis, urolithiasis, pyelonephritis, hypertension, and obesity should exclude cheese from their diet. Moldy cheese consumption is contraindicated during pregnancy because of the bacteria contained in it.
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