Whenever someone makes the switch to a healthy lifestyle, chances are one of the first things they cut out of their diet is cheese. Cheese has a reputation as being a decadent food, full of fat and sodium. Although this is true, cheese is something that should be eaten in moderation for its nutritional benefits (and for its delicious taste).
One of the main nutritional benefits of cheese is the high amount of calcium, which most people are familiar with. However, cheese also has good protein, vitamin A, and vitamin D contents. Calcium and vitamin D work together to maintain healthy, strong bones, as the vitamin D can aid in calcium absorption. A lot of people name cheese as their favourite food. A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be about depriving yourself, so it would be unfair to completely cut out cheese!
While cheese definitely has nutritional value, it is a very high-calorie food. If you’re craving cheese, or want to add something to your dish, grate it and sprinkle it on top, rather than using cheese slices or cubes. A sprinkle of cheese on top of whole-wheat pastas (like our Return of the Mac and Spaghetti Bolognese) provides that extra bit of flavor, without sending the calorie and fat content through the roof.