How Cheese Could Be Sabotaging Your Diet and Your Health
Feeling all witty this week I updated my Facebook status with the following:
“Did you know it is possible to stab yourself with cheese and bleed? It is! I spotted a hard piece of grated cheese on my counter I must have missed last night while cleaning up so I grabbed a wipe and tried to clean it, it was being stubborn so I used my fingernail. The cheese fought back!
The feedback to this post ranged from, “if anyone could prove this theory you could” to sympathy and understanding (or more likely pity) for my strange accident.
I got to thinking after this traumatizing incident, that maybe cheese could be more lethal than any of us imagined. Okay, I will pause momentarily for you to gasp and try to grasp the self-proclaimed cheese news I am about to bring you. . .
Cheese is a hardened criminal.
Wait, what? Did I just accuse such a fantastic tasting, food transforming piece of dairy of a terrible felony against man? Yes, I believe I did. I must tell you I do it with great sadness.
Think about it, at least for a moment, if this lovely food after being left alone for too long becomes cold and decides to harden because of lack of attention, it can threaten a volatile relationship.
Now, all of this may sound a little silly but I assure you I have given it much thought, as the yellow brick of love has become a part of my daily life and meal planning for my family. I did, however, for some strange reason have an epiphany when I stabbed myself with this soft friend that became hard as steel this particular day.
Cheese is a dairy product and it is a well known fact that dairy products are rich in fats and cholesterol, two components which alone could very well lead you to an early grave.
The cholesterol in the cheese could lead to high cholesterol levels in the blood which could further lead to several heart conditions. When the cholesterol levels are increased, it has the tendency to stick to the walls of the arteries. Hence, my coralition between the blood drawing cheese on the counter and the blood curdling cheese effects in your body.
Now, I could go on about the dangers of cheese but kept in moderation cheese is a great source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, so it’s not all bad.
Its time to change our relationship with cheese, and following are a few ways to do so:
- Instead of using cheese as a central ingredient, use it to accent your meals. Aged cheese is great for this, it tends to be more flavorful so you actually don’t need to use very much of it. Such cheeses include extra-sharp or sharp cheddar, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, and Asiago.
- There are many cheeses that are naturally lower in fat, including part-skim mozzarella, string cheeses, farmers cheese, and cream cheese. Also, goat cheese is lower in fat and has fewer calories than cow’s milk cheese.
- You can also try a reduced fat cheese, which are now widely available and actually very comparable, this coming from a serious cheese addict. Reduced-fat cheeses have about 6 grams of fat, with 4 grams of saturated fat, which makes using these cheeses in sandwiches and salads as well as pizzas very easy.
Now that I have tried to state the facts, according to the cheese police, I will say that cheese is still my “bad boy” boyfriend and I am reluctant to give him up, so I suppose the moral of my story is, go ahead and eat some cheese, but use it less often and more sparingly.
You just may find yourself a few pounds lighter and more capable of keeping up a regular exercise routine. Exercise may even buy you a ticket to eat that extra piece of pizza with cheese, but don’t take advantage, a great body and great health don’t come easy.
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