Cheese is among America’s favorite foods. Unfortunately, most cheeses are highly processed and come from inferior dairy supplies. For example, 90 percent or more of dairy cows are raised in crowded stalls and subsist on a genetically modified diet of corn and soy. Since cows are designed to eat grass and other greens, this conventional diet doesn’t agree with them. It also doesn’t give them the best health or allow them to provide the best dairy products.
In fact, many of the dairy cows get sick and are given antibiotics, which also get into the end products. Likewise, many dairy cows are also given hormones so that they can produce more milk and dairy products. Those antiobiotics and hormones are then ingested by the end users.
Conventional cheese is also higher in omega-6 fatty acids, not omega-3s—and a diet higher in omega-6s can lead to unhealthy inflammation levels and more.
Who wants that? Not me.
Raw cheese from grassfed dairy, however, can provide many health and nutritional benefits like being antibiotic- and hormone-free and full of probiotics, enzymes and omega-3s. Raw cheese is also often made using Olde World techniques. The natural heat involved in raw cheese-making preserves the beneficial enzymes in the milk and aids in lactose digestion as well as the absorption of protein, calcium and other nutrients. Many say that raw cheese also has richer taste than conventional cheese.
Overall, raw cheese may be underrated in health benefits. Here are some you need to know about:
General Nutrition: There is a very high concentration of essential nutrients in cheese, including high quality protein and calcium. There are also other valuable elements in cheese such as phosphorous, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin and vitamin B12.
Dental Health: Cheese is high in calcium content, which is primary for strong teeth. Additionally, it is low in lactose content. Here’s why: the older the cheese, the lower the lactose content. This also is beneficial for the teeth, since any form of sugar (glucose, maltose or lactose) in food can harm your teeth.
Bone Health: As you know, cheese is high in calcium, but it’s also rich in B vitamins, which support healthy bone formation and strength as well as cartilage health. Additionally, the B vitamins support healthy absorption and distribution of calcium. Likewise, cheese offers protein and other vitamins that work alongside calcium for bone health.
Cellular Health: Cheese contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and sphingolipids, both of which can support healthy cells.
Other Benefits: Cheese also contains a bunch of B vitamins which develop during fermentation. Likewise, raw cheese also contains probiotics and enzymes, which do a lot to support digestive health and much more. Cheese also has the ability to support healthy blood and liver functions as well as proper absorption of nutrients in the body.
So, say cheese! Raw cheese from healthy dairy sources, that is. You’ll be glad you did.