If you’ve ever wondered how the French keep cardiovascular diseases at bay, it could be because of their favorite ingredient that they so liberally use in their cuisine: cheese.
A new study by Aarhus University, Denmark reports that consumption of cheese elevates the levels of butyrate in the body. It is a compound produced by gut bacteria that is linked to reduction in bad cholesterol levels. Moreover, when compared to butter with the same fat content, cheese was found to be healthier.
A few more reasons why cheese is good for you:
- It is an excellent source of proteins, which are the building blocks of the body. A protein-rich meal keeps you satiated for a long time, keeps you active and energized while also benefiting your immunity.
- High in calcium, cheese keeps your teeth and bones strong, guarding against tooth decays and osteoporosis.
- The zinc and biotin content in cheese promotes hair, eyes, nails and skin health.
- Cheese also comprises tryptophan, an amino acid which lowers stress and promotes sound sleep.
As always, we suggest you practice moderation, and stick to the low-fat, low-sodium variety of cheese.