‘Delicious but…’ Too much cheese can put your health at risk, experts say

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  • Despite being rich in calcium and other nutrients, cheese can also put one’s health at risk
  • Cheese is high in calories and fat, and often contains a lot of sodium
  • Reduced-fat, low-fat, and non-fat cheeses, on the other hand, are good choices if you eat more than an ounce a day

While a lot of people love adding more cheese to their food, one must also take note that this delicious dairy product can put a person’s health at risk.

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According to the University of California’s Berkeley Wellness, despite being rich in calcium and other nutrients, cheese can also be unhealthy.

“Cheese has merits, including its bone-building calcium. But the way we usually eat it—slathered on pizza, poured over nachos, stacked on crackers—cancels out any health benefits. After all, cheese is high in calories (about 100 per ounce, on average) and fat (six to nine grams per ounce, most of which is saturated), and it often contains a lot of sodium,” it noted.

With this, everyone must be aware about some important facts about cheese:

1. Cheese provides calcium and protein—as well as vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, zinc, and phosphorus—and is a source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which may have anti-cancer, weight-reducing, and heart-protective effects.

One, on the other hand, must eat a lot of cheese first before he/she can get meaningful amounts of CLA; which also means that he/she will also be getting lots of unhealthy saturated fat and calories. To note, low-fat cheese contains less CLA while nonfat cheese contains none.

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2. Cheese may not be especially good for your heart — but some research suggests that it may not be so bad for it either, at least when it’s part of an overall healthy diet. To note, the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with many health benefits — such as lowered risk of cardiovascular disease—allows moderate amounts of cheese.

3. A study in Nutrition & Metabolism, which was funded by the National Dairy Council, found that cheese and other dairy food may help prevent weight gain after dieting; while another study found that regular cheese eaters gained less weight over time than those who ate cheese less often. However, other studies—including one from Johns Hopkins in 2008 — revealed that people who eat more cheese tend to be more overweight.

4. A large Swedish study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a link between cheese (at least two ounces a day) and reduced risk of colorectal cancer in women. On the other hand, few studies link dairy products such as cheese to increased prostate and ovarian cancer.

5. Reduced-fat, low-fat, and non-fat cheeses are good choices if you eat more than an ounce a day.

Oh well, too much of anything is not good.