Tell me the truth about…Cheese

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I am a cheese lover, I particularly like goats cheese for its strong unusual flavour.  In the past, I would regularly tuck into cheese sandwiches every day; selecting different cheeses to eat every week. 

I’m not in a minority enjoying cheese with around a third of us eating cheese regularly in a meal. 

The top five most popular cheeses in Britain at the moment are:

English Cheddar

Red Leicester 

Brie 

Mozzarella 

Parmesan

This trend seems to be growing with the increase in popularity of vegetarian foods recently. More people are becoming aware of the health benefits of cutting down on red meat and are also aware of the environmental impact of production processes. An appealing alternative to this appears to be cheese.

The most surprising fact is that one in ten people habitually eat a chunk of cheese as a main meal.

I’ve been trying to cut back on saturated fat intake along with my carer. Until recently I’d eaten cheese and thought it was not particularly any more fattening than any other type of food; except fruit and veggies which you can eat in abundance.

I discovered reading food labels in detail, that it is very high in saturated fats. Much higher than most red meats in fact and therefore not much help if your trying to cut back on saturated fat.

Cheese can contribute to increased levels of saturated fat in the diet fast if it’s eaten regularly. An alarming fact if you have switched to cheese recently and thought it was a healthy option to meat products.

Why is saturated fat something to be aware of in a diet?

Saturated fat in a nutshell……

Eating too much saturated fat in your diet leads to your body producing excess cholesterol which causes blood arteries to become blocked or restricted. This in turn increases the risk of cardiovascular disease which includes heart attacks, angina and strokes.

The easiest way to reduce this risk is by lessening the intake of saturated fats. There are some quick and easy ways to start making a difference. Avoid or reduce full fat dairy products such as cream or cheese (skimmed or 1% fat milk is much better than full fat milk). Also cut back on pasties, pastries, pies, cakes, chocolate, coconut milk, coconut oil and palm oil. When eating meat choose low fat meats such as chicken, turkey, venison, veal or rabbit.

In addition you can have foods that reduce cholesterol in the blood.

Soluble fibre (e.g. fruit, vegetables, oats and nuts) absorbs and carries the cholesterol out of the body.

Plant stanols or sterols inhibit cholesterol absorption in the gut. These are available in fortified foods such as Benecol.

For more information about diet and healthy eating have a look at the following website:

NHS Live well, eat well

Further details about heart disease and stroke:

British Heart Foundation information and support

Stroke Association

Look after your health and your heart….

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A whole world of reading is waiting for you to explore……

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I mentioned reading a gripping novel in my previous post ‘keep positive and motivated with fibromyalgia ‘. 

I have something different for you this week. 

JC, an avid reader all his life has written a guest post for us. I consider him far more qualified than me to write about reading and books. Having read all the books in the junior library when he was little. So here are his thoughts on reading……

Have you ever sat and thought,

‘How I would like to read a new adventure’

I know I have and very often when I was young, I found an easy way to find that adventure whenever I liked.

I found a book in our library that when I read it, it made me impatient to turn the pages and see if “my hero” could escape this fate that was staring him in the face.

Wow! Would he survive and how did he get out of this and for a moment it wasn’t my hero it was me in this terrible situation. But by his quick thinking (or luck) he managed to escape and live to fight another day. 

I could not wait to find another book in the same series or by the same author and embark on yet another hair raising tale of adventure.

In no time or so it seemed I had read all the books by this author and was looking anxiously for another that was similar or even better. 

I realised that other books, (non fiction) described other activities or places were also very interesting.

We were allowed to borrow up to five books at a time from our library and so I would borrow all my allowance and scuttle home with them and often be back for more before the week was out.

How wonderful it was to sail the high seas and have to be strapped to the mast to stay alive.

Or be flying in a fighter aircraft and be alone and attacked by three or more enemy aircraft. 

Or be in a courtroom and be arguing for my client to be found “not guilty”. 

Or to be in a jungle path with impenetrable jungle one side and a steep fall of a thousand metres the other side and coming charging down the path an angry tiger………

Great stuff JC, thanks for your post.

Has this inspired you to search out that book you have been meaning to read for ages? 

If you want to read a wide range of material from papers, magazines, fiction, non fiction,   biographies/autobiographies, audiobooks, ebooks. Start your search at your library.

Your local library is free!……and able to supply all of these for you.

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