Health Benefits Of Four Common Cheeses

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Despite its bad reputation in the health world, cheese is actually an excellent source of some critical nutrients for your body. Whether it’s protein, calcium, zinc, or biotin, the nutritious and delicious ingredients in cheese have been shown to help slow the absorption of carbohydrates, balance your blood-sugar levels, improve your mood, guard against osteoporosis, aid in tissue growth and repair, protect your skin, keep your nails and bones strong, and can even offer relief from PMS symptoms in women.

Check out some of the specific health benefits in some of your favorite cheeses below.

Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella cheese offers a good source of both protein and calcium. While it can also be heavy in calories and high in saturated fat, choosing reduced-fat or fat-free mozzarella allows you to partake of its nutritional benefits while carving out some of the unhealthy additional ingredients. Plus, the copious amounts of calcium in mozzarella cheese can work to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan cheese is often used in salads and pasta dishes. Its intense flavor allows every small amount to go a long way, which is good in that you’re best off eating this cheese in relative moderation.

Swiss Cheese

Swiss cheese is an excellent source of protein and calcium– however, it is also calorie-dense and carries high amounts of saturated fat. But the calcium in Swiss cheese makes it worth the risk if you consume it in moderation, as it helps maintain healthy blood pressure.

Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese provides a good source of both calcium and protein. It also provides high amounts of a nutrient called selenium, which is an antioxidant that can aid in preventing arthritis.

Remember that moderate cheese consumption– regardless the kind of cheese you choose– goes a long way to your health and fitness goals!


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