Facts You Didn't Know About Cheese: 4 Research-Backed Reasons Why Cheese Is Good For You
Here's a fact you probably did know: cheese is delicious and packed with important nutrients like protein and calcium. However there are other, lesser-known reasons that will make you fall in love with cheese all over again:
1) CHEESE IS THE MOST PROTECTIVE FOOD AGAINST AGE-RELATED COGNITIVE DECLINE...BY FAR
Throughout the study, participants completed a Fluid Intelligence Test (FIT) three times over the course of 6 years (2010-2016). The FIT is designed to judge one’s ability to think on the fly - an ability which tends to decline with age.
After the test, they asked participants about their intake of fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw vegetables and salad, cooked vegetables, oily fish, lean fish, processed meat, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, cheese, bread, cereal, tea and coffee, beer and cider, red wine, white wine and champaign and liquor.
The study concluded that above all other foods, those who regularly ate cheese saw the least amount of decline.
2) CHEESE MAY PREVENT CAVITIES
You may have already made the connection that cheese is high in calcium, and calcium is good for your bones, so cheese is likely good for our mouth bones (our teeth).
However, it wasn’t until recently that some real research was done on dairy products' impact on oral health.
Some important background information:
- Acidity is a very important indicator of our teeth health. If our dental plaque drops below a pH level of 5.5, we are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
- Dairy products are quite basic (not acidic) and have an average pH level around 6-6.5
So it stands to reason that eating dairy may help reduce the acidity of our plaque, and help prevent cavities.
The study sampled 68 subjects ranging in age from 12 to 15, and the authors looked at the dental plaque pH in the subjects' mouths before and after they consumed cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt
It turns out the groups who consumed milk and sugar-free yogurt experienced no changes in the pH levels in their mouths. Subjects who ate cheese, however, showed a rapid increase in pH levels at each time interval, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties.
The authors speculate that this may happen for a couple reasons:
- Increased saliva production (the mouth's natural way to maintain a baseline acidity level), which could be caused by the action of chewing vs a liquid or yogurt
- Various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and help further protect teeth from acid.
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3) EATING CHEESE MAY PROTECT AGAINST SODIUM-RELATED HEALTH RISKS
Cheese is naturally quite high in sodium, which is why it may come as a shock that the sodium from dairy products may actually help protect you against health risks related to high sodium, such as high blood pressure.
Researchers from Penn Sate found that when sodium is consumed in cheese it does not have the same negative vascular effects observed with sodium from non-dairy sources. They believe that the proteins and nutrients in cheese may be protecting the blood vessels from the short-term negative effects of sodium.
Craving some salt in your meal? Perhaps the safest way may be to shred some cheese on top. Sodium never felt so good.
4) CHEESE MAY HELP FIGHT OBESITY AND TYPE 2 DIABETES
Researchers from CHU de Québec Research Center and Laval University studied the dairy-eating habits of healthy French-Canadians' and monitored how dairy consumption may have an effect on their overall metabolic health.
From their study that included 233 participants (105 men and 128 women), dairy intake was actually associated with lower blood glucose and blood pressure.
Though this study doesn’t have enough evidence to prove it for sure, there’s reason to believe dairy may be an important piece to a healthy metabolism.
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