cheese is produced throughout the world
it is an ancient food with origins that predate recorded history
it is a dairy food made from pressed milk curds different varieties are made
from unripened fresh cheese or ripened aged cheese cheese is a delicious and
nutritious food that is very versatile you can add it to other dishes or eat it
by itself it’s convenient and portable there are more than 300 varieties of
cheese including American cheddar mozzarella and Colby many of which are
available in various flavors forms chunks slices cubes shredded grated
crumbled sticks spreads and packages to meet consumers needs health benefits of
cheese cheese contains a host of nutrients like calcium protein
phosphorus zinc vitamin A and vitamin b12 calcium is one of the nutrients most
likely to be lacking in the American diet according to government statistics
9 out of 10 women and 6 out of 10 men fall short of calcium recommendations
the high quality protein in cheese provides the body with essential
building blocks for strong muscles for a complete listing of the nutrients in
cheese see the table below if you are lactose intolerant many cheeses
particularly aged cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss contain little or no
lactose and are often well tolerated for the past 30 years or so saturated fat
found in meats eggs cheese butter whole milk lard and some oils was considered a
primary cause of heart disease new research however is showing that
saturated fat has a minimal impact on heart disease risk which is changing the
saturated fat is bad paradigm and allowing people to enjoy more cheese and
other favorite foods further research is needed show
significant scientific agreement even if saturated fat is less of a concern
calories still matter to reduce calories you can grate or sprinkle harder
cheese’s over your dishes or use small amounts of aromatic and sharp cheese’s
for their delicious cheese flavor many reduced fat varieties of cheeses are
also available this 2014 article in the food and nutrition magazine provides
more information on the charms and challenges of cheese the Dietary
Guidelines for Americans recommend that individuals ages 9 and older consume at
least 3 servings of milk cheese or yogurt each day children aged for 8
years need two half cups per day one serving of cheese is 1 and 1/2 ounces of
hard cheese 1/3 cup for grated cheese and 2 ounces for processed cheese