The Scary Truth About Cheese: 4 Reasons to Stop Eating It Right Now
From mac ‘n cheese to nachos and grilled cheese, it can seem like cheese is in just about every single comfort food we’ve grown to love. For decades now, the food industry has been raving about the benefits of incorporating cheese into a healthy diet. The problem is that it there are fewer benefits of consuming cheese than we’ve all been led to believe. In fact, recent studies have shown that consuming cheese can lead to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
In reality, cheese is not the miracle food we have all been brought up to believe it is. In fact, many people are lactose intolerant and lack the digestive enzymes to break down cheese and other dairy products. What’s surprising is that often, digestive difficulties don’t stop people from downing a grilled cheese sandwich or a plate of cheese fries. Why would it, when there are a plethora of digestive enzymes and pills available at every corner pharmacy?
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Americans eat three times more cheese than they did in the 1970s. Not only that, but our country has the highest obesity rate in the world, and cheese is one of the top culprits.
Here are 4 reasons to cut cheese from your diet today:
1. Cheese contains the bad kind of fat
There are two kinds of fats. Saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are mostly found in animal products, such as chicken, beef, pork, and dairy products. Unsaturated, or overt fats, are found in nuts, seeds, avocados and olives.
Cheese is loaded with tons of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Saturated fats are the ones you want to either consume in moderation or try to avoid completely. Saturated fats not only raise your cholesterol levels but also increase your chance of heart disease and stroke.
2. Hello Hormones
Your cheese may contain pus from a cow’s bladder infection. Infected pus! Most cows are pumped with hormones and antibiotics that make them produce more milk. This in turn causes infections in the bladder. Think about that the next time you bite into your cheesy pasta or nacho cheese dip.
Similar to humans, cows are only able to produce milk when they are pregnant. This means that from their time of birth, cows are raised to mate. Then, they are pumped full of hormones, caged up and treated inhumanely to produce milk for dairy products. When a cow is no longer able to give birth and produce milk, she’s slaughtered.
4. It’s not always vegetarian
If you thought that cheese is always vegetarian, think again. Many cheeses are manufactured using an animal stomach enzyme called rennet. Rennet usually comes from one of two sources: the stomach lining of a slaughtered newborn calf or the fungus of genetically modified micro-organisms. Unless your cheese specifically states it’s vegetarian, it most likely contains rennet.
Just because you are now turned off from eating cheese does not mean that you have to give up the ooey gooey goodness. Thankfully, there are many cheese substitutes in grocery stores today, and most of your favorite dishes can be made with these substitutes.
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