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.

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A graduate in English Literature, Shruti comes with a gamut of experience in academic freelance writing and television journalism. A strong believer of holistic living, she has always followed the mantra of “a healthy body and a happy mind”. Naturally then, it wasn’t long before she found herself inclined towards wellness and lifestyle. She now writes on these subjects in a professional capacity at Z Living. Her inherent curiosity about healthy living makes her a connoisseur of all things natural, and motivates her to share the knowledge through her writing.