Cheese is not only yummy, it’s also healthy

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What is your favorite source of protein and calcium? Something versatile and perfect for snacks and meals. Mine is cheese. However, I have to watch myself because some varieties are high in salt and saturated fat. Overeating cheese could cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which could cause a risk of cardiovascular disease. Most importantly, if you familiarize yourself with the health benefits or risks of the different cheese types, you will know when just enough becomes too much.

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Cheese for lactose-intolerant people

If you are lactose intolerant, try parmesan. It is packed with nutrients like phosphorus and calcium, essential for building bone. It will not cause typical tummy trouble because it is a low-lactose variety. Eating only one ounce of grated parmesan provides 8 grams of protein, 119 calories and no more than 3 carbs.

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Cheese to include in vegan diets

Vegan diets typically increase fiber intake and improve gut health. Vegans can enjoy a variety of plant-based cheeses. For example, coconut, soy, seeds and nuts form the basis of these vegan treats. However, it is good to check the product labels because over-processing could compromise all the health benefits.

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Cottage cheese

This is truly a power puncher, low in cholesterol but packed with riboflavin, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and protein. However, you’d better check the labels before buying it because some cottage cheese manufacturers load it with sodium.

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Farmer Cheese

Because making Farmer cheese involves removing most of the liquid, this cottage cheese has almost no calcium. However, it is perfect for those who count calories, sodium and fat. Furthermore, it offers healthy amounts of protein.

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Goat Cheese

Reportedly, the proteins in this product are different from those in cow’s milk cheeses. Therefore, it digests easier. Additionally, the medium-chain fatty acid content of this type is higher. The benefit is your body does not store it. Instead, the body absorbs it quicker than other fats.

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Blue Cheese

The veins of cultured mold in blue cheese give it that sharp, tangy smell and taste. Its high content of calcium provides several health benefits. For example, it improves bone density and lowers osteoporosis and heart disease risk. It is also linked to anti-obesity studies.

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Ricotta

Made from whey, this creamy treat beats most other types on the health scale. Essentially, it has much lower fat and salt contents. The whey packs amino acids, which are crucial to building proteins in the body.

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Feta

Tasty and healthy. Feta originates in Greece and is made from sheep milk or a blend of sheep and goat’s milk. It is low-calorie and low-fat. Additionally, it packs a punch of vitamin A and vitamin K, along with pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium and iron.

Mozzarella
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Mozzarella

This Italian specialty is perfect for those looking to add something to a low-calorie diet. Most importantly, the sodium content is low. As a bonus, it provides good doses of probiotics that will boost your immune system.

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Extra-Sharp Cheddar

If you are watching calories but crave a bite of cheese, choose extra-sharp cheddar. With such a sharp flavor, only a few bites will take care of your craving. Furthermore, its high vitamin K content will boost bone and heart health.

Mmmmmm, winter weather is the perfect time for a cozy get together, sharing the pleasures of a cheese fondue!

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