Friday, May 21, 2010

Could Cheese Be a Superfood?

Not only can an ounce of cheese a day keep the doctor away thwarting the age-related deterioration of the immune system known as immunosenescene but cheese, not unlike milk, can speed up the metabolism because of the conjugated linoleic acid that it contains. CLA has been found to be a fat-fighting superhero-- not only increasing metabolism but also decreasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels, insulin levels, and food-induced allergies. Sounds to good to be true? Read further here.

Dr. Michael Pariza and his crew at the University of Wisconsin Madison, found that CLA found in dairy products such as cheese can have a significant health benefit bringing balance, order and stability to our central operating systems: the thyroid, the immune, the endocrine and the circulatory frameworks that our bodies run on an unconscious basis.

These findings combined with the fact that cheese provides our daily need for calcium, an important underrated building block in the maintenance of our health infrastructure, makes cheese look more and more like some miraculous panacea.
Many Americans do not ingest recommended amounts of calcium from food. Approximately 44% of boys and 58% of girls aged 6–11 fell short in 1994–1996, as did 64% of boys and 87% of girls aged 12–19 years and 55% of men and 78% of women aged 20 years or older, according to the nationwide Continuing Survey of Food Intakes of Individuals (National Institutes of Health).
There's no question about it, cheese is delicious. And somehow we know intuitively that cheese is a good for you food, with its short list of ingredients and its natural, unadulterated origins. But the more research that's done the more we realize what people across all borders have known for a millenia, it's the cheese.

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