There are tons of different diets pitched to consumers constantly, but a lot of them can be harmful. Swapping saturated fats for trans fats in our diet, as well as low-fat diets, have been some of the most disastrous moves for our society’s health.
Yet many people still try to find their way out from health problems with various harmful diets.
Research indicates that bad cholesterol and trans fat are major triggers for clogged arteries that finally lead to many serious health conditions.
While we often think of cheese contributing to those dangers, there is some great news for cheese lovers.
Studies Absolve High-Fat Cheese
Cheese has often found itself on lists as a potentially dangerous and harmful food for a long time. However; recent studies show quite the opposite. It turns out that dairy products, especially cheese proves to be one of the best promising foods. To put it simply, it seems that cheese is good for our health.
An interesting Danish research came to a conclusion that consuming high-fat cheese actually improves our health because it raises our HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol works well for our body because it protects it from heart diseases and various metabolic diseases.
Research Supporting Full-Fat Cheese
Some other significant studies show that regular cheese consumption can decrease the risk of obesity. Also, it proves to be great in preventing fatty liver, improving good cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
For example, Roquefort cheese is marked as extremely good for the cardiovascular system.
The cheese produced from the grass-pastured animals is considered to be an amazing source of a wide palette of minerals, vitamins, omega-3 and saturated fats, protein and amino acids. Cheese made from organic, grass-fed milk is very rich in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and acts as a mighty energy and metabolism booster as well as a cancer-fighter.
REAL Cheese Is Important To Eat
Keep in mind that there’s a big difference between natural and processed cheese. In order to distinguish these two, always take a look at the label. The label reveals the name of the cheese and its characteristics. When we talk about the characteristics, pay attention if the cheese needs refrigeration and if it’s pasteurized. If the cheese is pasteurized, it is very likely this cheese is processed and mixed with various additives. Also, if the cheese doesn’t require refrigeration, it’s another sign the cheese is processed. So, be aware, and don’t buy fake cheese.
In addition, if your body is intolerant to lactose, don’t worry because lactose tends to disappear during the process of cheese making.
Raw Cheese From Animals Raised In A Pasture Is The Best Option
The healthiest cheese is made from animals that are raised on a pasture. Milk made from soy/grain fed animals never reach the quality level of the grass-fed animals.
Logically, it turns out that cheese made from grass-fed animals is superior in every way. This cheese is special because of the 2:1 ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Also, and very important is the fact that raw cheese is richer in CLA at least 3 to 5 times. It is not pasteurized and for this reason extremely rich in various vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, this cheese is healthier because it’s antibiotics and hormone free.
Full Fat Cheeses Are Associated With Lower Diabetes Risks
Some significant studies show that fats found not only in cheese but also in milk and yogurt are effective in fighting against diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and obesity. This study showed that people who mostly consume dairy fats have at least 50% lower chances to suffer from diabetes.
Saturated Fat And Dairy Still Misrepresented By Dietary Guidelines
Unfortunately, the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans prefer low-fat to the full-fat products. Following the recommendation that is in accordance with these guidelines, programs that create school lunches serve low-fat milk and even chocolate milk. The sad fact is that chocolate milk is full of sugar and for this reason, far from a healthy alternative.
The point is that a full or whole-fat diet is healthier than low-fat diets. In fact, it has been proven that low-fat dairy diets have a harmful effect on our general health.
Everything boils down to a few simple but useful rules. Avoid sugar, or use its healthy alternatives. Use fats, but learn which ones are good for your health, since they differ from each other immensely. There are many sources of fat you should consume. Apart from raw cheese, use olive oil, raw nuts, coconut oil, raw butter (grass-fed), organic egg yolks, organic meats, avocados and raw cacao. The key is to avoid products such as processed vegetable oils as well as margarine.
When You Should Limit Your Milk Intake
As you can conclude according to previously explained facts; raw, organic milk is much better than pasteurized milk. On the other hand, if you increase the consumption of both kinds of milk, you may have problems with galactose – a natural sugar found in dairy products, especially milk.
Also, you may have problems with casein. There are receptors in our brain that can be described as milk opioid receptors. They are the major reason for a possible dairy product addiction. Continuous stimulation of these receptors can disrupt our immune system.
Kefir Vs. Yogurt
Both yogurt and kefir contain beneficial bacteria that are extremely good for our gut health. The only crucial difference between these two is actually the amount as well as the types of present bacteria. Kefir is typically richer in beneficial bacteria.
Also, their consistency and flavor are different, but the only thing that matters is their origin. The best quality kefir or yogurt is the one made from organic, grass-fed milk.
Be Aware That Most Commercial Yogurts Are Often Not That Healthy
Most of the commercial yogurts are really not that healthy due to added sugar, flavors, various additives, and artificial colors. Also, these unhealthy ingredients added in yogurts can harm or even destroy beneficial microbes, but enhance the microorganisms that cause numerous diseases. The top-rated quality yogurts are made of organic, unpasteurized milk, rich in probiotics.
In short, everything revolves around grass-fed/organic dairy products.
In Conclusion: Minimally Processed High-Fat Foods Are Great For Us, Not Bad…
If you focus on raw, organic good, you have chances to avoid serious health conditions such as diabetes and various cardiovascular diseases. Choosing organic food, in other words, means you choose to eat food without unhealthy added sugars and additives.
Eat healthily and responsibly, and make your wellbeing and health a priority!
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