Say Cheese

Say ‘Cheese’

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cheese.

Nutrition : Dairy products, including cheese, provide vitamins A and D. Vitamin A maintains healthy vision, the immune system and red blood cell production. Cheese also provides two important minerals, calcium and phosphorus, which support the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and can lower your risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium also plays a role in the health of your nervous system.

Health Risks : Cheese can also contribute large amounts of fat and cholesterol to your diet. Less than 30 percent of your daily calories should come from fat. Too much fat or cholesterol can cause you to gain weight, develop heart disease and develop certain cancers. The amount of fat in a cheese depends on the fat content of the milk that was used to make the cheese. You should select cheeses made from no-fat, 1 percent fat or otherwise low-fat milk to better control your fat intake.

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Is cheese good for health? Or is Cheese only a ‘Western’ fad that is essential on junk foods like pizzas and just leads to extra calories? What is the truth? To eat or not to eat cheese…?  Well, the answer is as simple as “say Cheese!” Ignorance leads to bliss – and in this case, ignorance is leading to a life whrein we all re confused about such elemnts like cheese. Let the team Stepett clarify few doubts and niggles about cheesing.

First, we Indians eat lot of cheese – but not the western or European variety. How many of us know that, strictly speaking, even panneer and khoya are forms of cheese? Coming to the orgin of cheese in India, we can have natural cheese or processed cheese. Natural cheese is quite different from the processed variety, which has the flavour of cooked milk, and is an acquired taste and colour. Again, with the Indians and the Indian taste buds going international, today we have the likes of cheddar cheese and Mozzarella cheese being sold on web based platforms. Amul sells the largest amount of processed cheese in India and has 75% of the market. We Indians eat cheese on our pizzas, burgers, pastas, cheese omelettes, and for a few of us, we also love to have our cheese with wine.

Cheese is a delicious and nutritious food that is very versatile. We can add it to other dishes or eat it by itself – chunks, slices, cubes, shredded, bread spreads etc). There are dozens of varieties of cheese and many of these are available in various flavors, colors and packages to meet consumers’ needs. But, again to the basic query – is cheese good?

Of course YES. Cheese is great to have. It is a very rich source of calcium which is the most important thing for strong teeth and a remedy against Osteoporosis and brittle bones. And yes, we will also like to share with our wannabe  young parents that Calcium content in cheese is very good for pregnant women and helps to stimulate contractions during labor. It also helps in proper milk production to feed the baby.

Cheese contains Linoleic Acid that play a very important function in cancer prevention. It also contains Vitamin B that maintains the body functions and protects the body from diseases. Cottage cheese also helps in maintaining hair follicles and the overall nourishment of the hair – in fact several alternate therapies recommend regular cheese in diet for good hair maintenance.

Cheese has several advantages – but it has calories too. We have low fat cheese available but that like saying have a Pepsi without the fizz in it! The trick is to understand that the way we have it – slathered on pizzas, poured over nachos, multiple cubes melted below our double omelettes – cancels out the health benefits and leads to excess calorie intake. Have regular, limited cheese. Occasional intake of heavy doses of cheese is counter productive. The trick is to be able to differentiate between the ‘right’ amount and the ‘evil’ amount!

 

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