Cheese is part of a healthy diet
As with all other milk products, cheese is a source of several essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin A, niacin and vitamin B12.
Cheddar, Mozzarella and Swiss cheeses contain 9 essential nutrients. According to Canada's Food Guide, a serving of cheese represents 50 g (1½ oz), or the same size as two erasers. In 2015, Canadians ate an average of 34 g per day1, which represents only a little over half a serving of cheese.
What about fat?
Fat, like carbohydrates and protein, is essential to getting all the nutrients you need every day. Although cheese can be a higher source of fat than other milk products, its protein, vitamin and mineral content makes it a nutritious food that can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.
What about heart health?
Recent research shows that consuming milk products does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).2 Interesting fact: fermented milk products, such as cheese, may have a protective effect on your heart’s health. Moreover, cheese does not have an unfavourable impact on blood pressure. This food is also part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which is a way of eating well to help reduce the risk of hypertension.
In conclusion, there are countless varieties of cheese—from fresh, soft and semi-soft to firm and blue-veined—so there is definitely something for everyone. Discover new flavours by adding different cheeses to your meals.
1. Canadian Dairy Information Centre – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Consumption of Dairy Products (Annual). 2015.
2. Drouin-Chartier JP and al. Systematic review of the association between dairy product consumption and risk of cardiovascular-related clinical outcomes. Adv Nutr 2016;7:1026-1040.