There’s a reason people ask you to say “cheese!” when you smile for a photo. Sure, it probably has a little something to do with the fact it forces your mouth into a near-smile position.
But I think we all know it’s mostly to do with the fact that cheese brings sheer, unadulterated joy into the lives of all. Pair a platter of fromage with its best friend, Ms Wine, and you’ve got yourself a cracking night in.
Rather than feel guilty about your cheese platter and wine addiction, we’re here to reassure you that in gobbling down Gouda and grapes, you’re actually doing wonderful things for your health…
1. Just a small amount of cheese gives you a huge nutrient hit.
Look, it kind of goes without saying that your Feel Good Levels when eating cheese are about the same as those you get cuddling a Labrador puppy. But that’s not what we’re getting at here. The fats in cheese can actually encourage our brain to release dopamine, our body’s happy chemical. Plus, it also contains the amino acid tyrosine that when processed by our bodies, makes us feel good.
It also doesn’t hurt that cheese is the second largest source of calcium (you know, that stuff that helps build strong, healthy bones and helps our muscles, nerves and heart function properly) in our diets, and to get the same amount of calcium as one serve of dairy, you would need to eat 32 Brussels sprouts or 21 cups of raw chopped spinach. We’ll take the cheese, please.
Eating cheese increases your feel good levels. Image: iStock.
2. It can help to reduce obesity and increase metabolism.
Indulging in a bit of high quality cheese should not be seen as a vice. No, no, no. According to 2015 research by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, cheese can assist with weight management.
The research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was based on over 16 years of follow-up among 120,000 male and female health professionals from three long-term studies of US health professionals and found that cheese, in association with a diet avoiding highly refined grains, sugars and starches, could assist with weight loss.
Cheese platter goals. Image: iStock.
3. Wine can protect your body from ageing.
Seen the word ‘resveratrol’ on some of your beauty products? That’s because it’s a powerful natural compound, found in red wine that has anti-ageing benefits. Plus it’s known to help prevent blood clots by protecting your blood vessels. Cheers to that, friends.
Cheers, friends. Image: Giphy.
4. Cheese could help you live longer.
Yes, munching on the yellow (or white) stuff has been shown to contribute to living a long life. Scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark decided to investigate the fact that French people tend to lead long lives despite consuming diets high in saturated fats.
Their research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that cheese (and other fermented dairy products) could indeed contribute to longevity and health.
The National Health and Medical Research Council developed The Australian Dietary Guidelines (after reviewing over 55,000 scientific publications) and recognise the importance of cheese in supplying "key nutrients and reducing the risk of several chronic diseases including the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers."
Excuse us while we bulk buy a palette of tasty cheese.
"Cheese could indeed contribute to longevity" Image: iStock.
5. Good news for lactose intolerant folk.
In what is lovely news for those who are lactose intolerant, it’s key to know that hard cheeses contain virtually no lactose (in fact most cheeses are low in lactose). It’s true! There's no need to miss out on all the benefits of cheese - it's worth chatting to your doctor about finding cheeses you can tolerate and any digestive issues you might have.
"It’s such a brilliant source of calcium for your body." Image: iStock.
Why do you love eating cheese?
This post was written thanks to our brand partner Dairy Australia.
We all love cheese. From healthy snacks to weeknight meals, cheese is your secret weapon in the kitchen. Best of all, the science behind cheese’s health benefits has never been stronger, so you can enjoy cheese knowing it’s good for you. With some of the world’s best cheese created right here from Australian milk, it’s the perfect time to support Australian dairy.
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