Diet and nutrition

The 5 Healthiest Cheeses to Eat

24/09/2015 best italian cheeses

Cheese is one of the most a delicious Italian specialty but it is also a nutritional powerhouse, rich in protein, phosphorus and calcium.

In 2015 a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows as a diet rich in cheese can improve the metabolism and a decrease risk of obesity, thanks to the high levels of butyric acid.

Therewith, it doesn’t mean that every cheese is the same and it is good for you and your body. Many of the cheeses that you buy or eat every day aren’t technically real cheese. Checking the label often you read “pasteurized process cheese product,” which means it is less than 51 percent cheese and the rest is a compound of emulsifiers, vegetable oils, and additives. All ingredients typically of processed foods which generally give problems of health.

The best choice is consider to going organic. In effect, fat carries the largest doses of the hormones and antibiotics used in non-organic livestock. A 2013 study discovered that organic dairy has 62% more omega3 (essential for heart-healthy) than conventional milk.


So, what are the healthiest cheeses to add in out habit? Here the answer.


Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano

The most exported Italian cheese, Parmigiao Reggiano is made from selected raw cow’s milk and its production is regulated by strict rules and controlled. Parmigiano is naturally strong in umami (the famous fifth taste), improves digestion and gut health. Also, its delicate taste makes Parmesan a great cheese for adults and children. 

Pecorino Romano

Pecorino Romano is a salty and spicy Italian cheese, made from sheep’s milk and originating in Sardinia, Lazio and Tuscany. The origin of milk (sheeps) make Pecorino Romano richer in calcium than cheese mad from cow’s milk. Also, sheep’s milk is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid and reduce the risks of diabetes, cancer, and health-compromising inflammation.


Ricotta is a fine fresh Italian cheese made from sheeps’, cows’ or goats’ milk. It is a low-in-fat cheese and high in proteins, its delicate consistency and clean flavors make it perfect to different recipes. A half cup of Ricotta contains 14 grams of protein and 24% of your daily calcium needs, also it is low in sodium and high in phosphorus, B vitamins, vitamin A and zinc.


The worst news for a cheese lover is lactose intolerance. In case of lactose intolerance, aged cheeses contain very low levels of lactose, so people with lactose intolerance can eat actually cheeses like Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano, Provolone and Grana Padano.




Source: Huffpost taste

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