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What’s the Healthiest Kind of Cheese?
The US is the largest producer of cheese in the world, accounting for around 29% of all cheese production.
As you’d expect, Wisconsin (3.36 billion pounds annually) and California (2.5 billion pounds) lead the list of producers by a wide margin. Idaho comes in a distant third with 958 million pounds produced annually.
We have greater access to cheese than any other nation in the world. So now the question becomes,”What cheese should you eat?”
Well, here’s some clarification on common types of cheese, and which are the healthiest for you to eat:
Yes, this cheese staple is actually quite healthy. It’s a whole food, and possibly aids in weight loss while also undoubtedly improving bone health.
It’s also high in calcium, protein, vitamin B12, and potassium. Of all types of cheese, cottage cheese contains the least sodium.
It contains so much protein that bodybuilders frequently keep it nearby.
And it’s certainly a healthy choice.
Have you ever heard of this kind of cheese? As you might guess, it originates in Italy. This cheese is only produced on the Italian islands of Sardinia and Lazo, and also on the mainland province of Grosseto.
A joint US and Italian study linked it to lowering your BMI, risk of diabetes, cancer, and inflammation response.
Made from sheep’s milk, it has more calcium than cow’s milk. As you might expect, it’ll carry a higher price tag. But it definitely ranks as one of the healthiest cheeses you can get.
If you have a lactose intolerance, goat cheese is the next best thing, when compared to any cheese that comes from cow’s milk.
The protein it contains is the most similar kind to human breast milk. Eating it does not result in the inflammatory effects you can experience with cow’s milk.
One study even showed goat cheese results in a lower allergenic response than cow’s milk when eaten by babies.
Goat’s milk allows your body to absorb more iron and improves bone formation even more readily than cow’s milk.
It tastes sweet and works great as a spread.
This cheese actually originated in a British town of the same name. It’s the UK’s most popular cheese, and the second most popular in the United States (right behind mozzarella).
The key lies in avoiding processed cheddar cheese loaded with artificial preservatives. Cheddar cheese naturally has an off-white or mild orange color. If you see cheddar with a strong yellowish-orange color, it’s been processed.
Anyway, cheddar cheese rocks for your health because of its high protein content, and abundant amounts of vitamin A, B12, calcium, phosphorous, and selenium.
Protein is one of the single most important nutrients for your health. Calcium keeps your bones strong and your muscles functioning properly.
Cheddar’s fat is also the kind that’s healthy for you. It protects against a variety of chronic diseases, including stroke and inflammation.
Cheese on the whole is quite healthy for you. And now you know where to zone in so you can make the healthiest choice possible.