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:
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:
Further details about heart disease and stroke:
Look after your health and your heart….