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Reasons Why Eating Cheese Is Bad for You

Reasons Why Eating Cheese Is Bad for You

Americans eat a lot of cheese. In 2011, more than 10 billion pounds of cheese were produced. The federal government recommends that people eat milk and dairy products for health. The question is whether eating cheese is the right thing to do. Although cheese offers some healthy properties, the kind of cheese and the amount matters.

Why is cheese bad?

1. High Fat Content

Cheese, especially processed American cheese, has a lot of saturated fats. These fats are not healthy. By eating one slice of Domino’s Pizza, Americans get two-thirds the daily fat intake just from the cheese.

2. High Salt Content

Much of the cheese available in stores has a lot of sodium, which is bad for your heart. Some cheeses are low in sodium, but many are not.

3. Too Many Calories

Cheese has too many calories that are difficult to eliminate when you exercise. To combat the cheese, you would have to exercise double the amount of time. Calories from fat also aren’t the calories you want in your body.

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4. Animal Enzymes

Manufacturers like to use rennet in their cheeses. This is an enzyme that comes from calves’ stomachs. To get this enzyme, manufacturers have to kill newborn calves. If you are an animal lover, you might not want to eat this. If you prefer vegetarian cheese, it’s made from bacteria, which is not healthy to ingest.

5. Unhealthy Processes

Often, manufacturers process the cheese using unhealthy practices. The cows are given hormones to produce more milk. These hormones are passed to humans when they consume dairy. The machines also could put infections into the cheese.

6. Leads to Diseases

When you eat the fat, salt and calories, you pack on the pounds. When you become overweight, you have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

7. Mold

Brie-makers spray on mold to make the white rind. Others have mold included in the cheese. This is not very healthy to consume.

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8. High Cholesterol

Cheese has a large amount of the bad cholesterol. This also can lead to diseases.

Why is cheese good?

There is conflicting research when it comes to whether or not cheese is good for you. Some studies have pointed out reasons for cheese being considered unhealthy. However, many have shown just the opposite.

1. Bone-Building Properties

Cheese has a lot of naturally occurring calcium and is fortified with vitamin D. Eating one ounce of cheese can give you one-fourth of your recommended calcium intake. Go for the low-fat or nonfat cheeses to get the same benefits as those filled with saturated fats.

2. Cavity Prevention

Besides the calcium that is good for bones, cheese has properties that eliminate acid on your teeth enamel. Without the acid, bacteria can’t attack your teeth’s enamel. Therefore, eating cheese can prevent cavities. The protein in cheese also helps to prevent cavities.

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3. Weight Loss

While this property is being debated, several studies have found a link to eating cheese and losing weight. Other studies have shown that eating too much cheese has led to weight gain. Eating cheese as a complement instead of a meal, such as with apples or salad, can help you lose weight.

4. Not Addictive

Some people believe that cheese is like alcohol or cigarettes—addictive unhealthy habit. However, research has found that cheese is not addictive. People just eat too much because they like it.

5. High in Proteins

Besides helping bones, cheese can help the muscles too. Cheese has a lot of protein, which is good for your muscles. The proteins help the teeth and circulation system. But, like the bone-building properties, you don’t want to eat too much or the ones with fats.

6. The French eat tons of cheese, and they’re really healthy!

The French eat more saturated fat than any other country in the world. They also eat a lot of cheese, which is high in saturated fat. Usually, saturated fat intake is linked to deaths by heart disease. You would think the French have a high coronary death rate. However, in reality, France lists the lowest rates of coronary deaths. This is called the French paradox. It suggests that eating unhealthy cheese, fats and salt have no effect on them.

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Although many scientists believe the wine intake offsets the harmful effects, a recent study found that eating the cheese has led to the paradox. According to the study, people who ate saturated fats from milk and cheese did not have high blood cholesterol as the group that got the fats from butter. The people in the study who ate cheese had lower levels of the compound that is linked to cardiovascular disease. They also had molecule called butyrate, which might stop bad cholesterol from forming and showing a lower cholesterol.

As you can see cheese is both good for you and bad for you. Here is more info about why cheese is bad.

Featured photo credit: Eating Cheese via huffingtonpost.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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