Gluten-free. Vegan. Vegetarian. Paleo. Atkins. Any of these sound familiar to you? They are all forms of diets or lifestyle food choices that people make. It seems to be ever so popular to have a specific diet or type of food that one bans from their life these days. Now, we are not condemning these choices or telling anyone that they are wrong. We have all our personal beliefs and can eat however we want to! We are just here to talk to you today about why cheese should be included in more American meals, and why the fats that are found in cheese are making a comeback as part of a healthy diet.
As you recall, Cassi (our blogger) went to Italy and Greece in May. You can read her blog about it by going to the webpage or Facebook page and finding the blog about Cheese: European style. But, in case you just want a refresher, she ate A LOT of delicious cheese over there and found that it was a part of every meal. The average American eats only 32.6 pounds of cheese per year, compared to the Greeks eating over double that with 68.5 pounds per year. The French come in second at 57.5 pounds per year. Now, most of this cheese comes from cow, sheep, goat, or buffalo milk, but camel and donkey milk are becoming popular to make cheese with, and cheese made from moose milk is considered a delicacy in Sweden. The point that we are trying to make is that the rest of the world LOVES cheese and considers it to be a part of a healthy lifestyle, so maybe we Americans need to eat more cheese too! Also, as a sidenote, Cassi rarely noticed any overweight or obese people while over there. [Wait, isn’t cheese full of fat?.....read on]
Nina Teicholz recently wrote a New York Times Bestseller called The Big Fat Surprise, in which she discusses why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet. Her book is also named by Forbes.com as the Most Memorable Healthcare Book of 2014, and it has received a lot of attention from the agricultural community and non-ag folks alike. Basically, Teicholz’s book reveals that government health officials have long ignored studies that found heart disease to be virtually nonexistent in several populations around the world where the diet consisted almost entirely of saturated fats from meat and dairy. She explains that we have been told for decades that we need to cut back on fat, especially saturated fat, but that low-fat diet may be the exact problem as to why we are not becoming healthier or thinner. Teicholz did a nine-year investigation and uncovered misinformation regarding saturated fats and how recent findings have overturned long-held beliefs by the scientific community and the public imagination.
Men’s Health also wrote an article about how eating full-fat cheese helps hold one’s appetite at bay for hours and cuts down on food intake at subsequent meals. They continue to write about a study in which Danish scientists found that when men ate a huge amount of 10 daily 1-ounce servings of full-fat cheese for 3 weeks, their LDL (bad) cholesterol didn’t budge. A recent article by a British publication listed cheese as “the secret to a longer life and faster metabolism (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11567702/The-secret-to-a-longer-life-and-faster-metabolism-Eating-cheese.html).
As you can see, long held beliefs and ideas about cheese, milk, and butter being bad for one’s health are starting to be challenged and overturned. Now, we are not trying to be nutritional experts nor are we condemning those who choose an alternative diet choice for their life. To each their own. All we want to do is debunk what we believe are myths around fats in cheese. We believe that cheese can be a huge part of a healthy diet, and we know that our cheese, made right here in New York from our grass-fed cows, will be something that one can enjoy and feel good about eating. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. We love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!