Contrary to popular belief, cheese is not that “large white circle in the nighttime sky”, but cheese is a very high calorie food, rich in sodium and saturated fats. For this reason, and a variety of other reasons, a lot of people tend to steer clear of cheese.
Cheese, and other dairy products are rich in calcium, which plays a pivotal role in owning your very own set of healthy bones and teeth. Dairy is one of the most readily absorbed sources of calcium, and pairing dairy with vitamin D rich foods also aids in your calcium absorption and utilization.
Before you go scarfing down wheels of cheese, it is important to remember that cheese is rich in saturated fat, and a diet too high in saturated fats puts you at a greater risk for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends limiting saturated fat consumption to less than 7 % of total calories (about 15 grams based on a 2000 Calorie diet).
People avoid cheese for a variety of reasons, but generally, unless lactose sensitive or intolerant, it can be properly incorporated into your diet. As always it is important to enjoy your meals and consume the foods you love, but not to excess. One serving of cheese is about 1 ounce, which is roughly the size of 3 small dice!
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