Common cheese myths, busted!
The common misconceptions of cheese everyone has are that cheese is fattening, it contributes to weight gain, it causes pimples/acne, increases cholesterol and it is not a part of healthy eating. All this is baseless without scientific backup.
So, what exactly is cheese?
It is a dairy product derived from milk available in a wide range of flavours and textures. Cheese can be firm and elastic or soft and semi-liquid in texture. List of nutrients in cheese are calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12. The protein in cheese is high-quality which provides the body with essential building blocks for strong muscles. It contains all of the essential amino acids. As per the National Dairy Council, cheese is the chief dairy food source of protein in our diets.
Cheese is a significant source of fat as well as it contains a high variety of fatty acids thus suffers from an adverse nutritional image, mainly because saturated fat is linked with heart disease. Despite the presence of considerable amounts of fatty acids, there is no clear evidence relating cheese consumption to any disease. Cheese also contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid, which improves long-term health. One can opt for low-fat cheese like cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella as per their nutrient requirement.
Cheese is commonly consumed in large quantities clubbed with burgers and pizza or refined pasta which are sources of simple carbs, high in calories and no veggies. Hence the importance of cheese is lost. The ideal way to consume cheese is to take in controlled portions and in a combination of veggies, homemade baked dishes or can be eaten raw.
If you go with full-fat cheese, adjust the rest of the fat in your diet accordingly so that you don’t go over your daily limits.
Cheese is not harmful. In fact, it can be a replacement for milk. Kids who make a fuss to drink milk can be given cheese in case they love to eat cheese.
Now that you know the benefits of cheese and how to consume it, include it in your daily diet. Don’t go overboard. Consume within dietary limits.