cheese http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11878/all en-US 5 Reasons Science Says It's OK to Eat More Cheese http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-science-says-its-ok-to-eat-more-cheese <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-reasons-science-says-its-ok-to-eat-more-cheese" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cheese_plate_000045135764.jpg" alt="Cheese that science says is okay to eat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cheese always seems wrapped up in some sort of controversy. One day it's good for you, the next it's bad for you. So on and so forth.</p> <p>...So let's give cheese a chance and err on the more delicious pro-cheese side.</p> <p>In addition to being loaded with calcium and vitamin D, cheese contains lots of great vitamins that benefit your body in some surprising ways. New research comes out on a nearly daily basis, and more and more point to the healthful qualities of cheese. Just keep a few things in mind while you nibble on that block of cheddar: eat good quality cheese (<a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0082429">organic is best</a>), watch your portion sizes, and eat other healthy foods to round out your diet and keep calorie intake at recommended levels.</p> <p>We also suggest <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">eating a cheesy snack</a> while reading the following facts.</p> <h2>1. Cheese Can Boost Your Metabolism</h2> <p>Because it's high in protein, cheese can <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/cheese-snack-stabilize-blood-sugar-increase-metabolism-12404.html">increase your metabolism</a> for a short period of time after eating. A 2013 study also found that dairy contains a fatty acid that's been shown to have <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23407305">health-promoting effects</a> on metabolic health. A Canadian study in 2014 found that dairy intake is associated with a reduced risk of developing <a href="http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/apnm-2014-0154#.VVqnDxdcai5">type 2 diabetes</a>, showing a positive metabolic impact. All great news for cheese lovers.</p> <h2>2. Cheese is Good for Your Teeth</h2> <p>As weird as it sounds, cheese is good for your dental health. In addition to containing calcium, which is great for bone health, consuming cheese and other dairy products may help <a href="http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/06/dairy-does-the-mouth-good-new-dental-research-shows-cheese-may-p.html">protect against cavities</a>. A study in 2013 compared the pH level in subjects' mouths before and after consuming dairy &mdash; a low pH puts a person at risk for tooth erosion. The group that ate cheese showed a rapid increase in pH levels, suggesting that cheese <em>could </em>have anti-cavity properties. Cheese was already a better snack choice for dental health than carb-filled or sugary snacks, and now it's even better. Not only will cheese make your tastebuds really happy, it'll keep your teeth smile-worthy, too.</p> <h2>3. Cheese May Help Lower Your Risk of Coronary Heart Disease</h2> <p>French people eat a lot more cheese than Americans on average, and yet they typically have low rates of coronary heart disease. This &quot;French paradox&quot; has long confused scientists, since current logic tells us that all of that saturated fat can lead to real heart problems. Clearly there is something else going on, and new studies are beginning to shed light on the subject. A recent Danish study showed that a diet including cheese may have a <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf505878a">positive effect on gut bacteria</a>, which in turn affects lipids in the blood. Further research could lead to a new understanding about what affects cheese has on the body and how the body processes it, changing how we view cheese products.</p> <h2>4. Cheese Helps Build Strong Bones</h2> <p>As you are most likely aware, dairy is a good way to get the majority of your calcium intake. Calcium is essential to bone health, as is vitamin D. Cheese is an especially good source of both of these vitamins &mdash; two slices of Swiss cheese contain a whopping 44% of your recommended daily calcium intake. Cheese also contains vitamins K2 and D3, and when consumed along with calcium, they are especially powerful for protecting your <a href="http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/17/heart-healthy-cheese.aspx">brain, heart, and bones</a>. Vitamin K2 helps transport calcium into the proper areas of the body like your bones and teeth, and helps keep it from being deposited where it shouldn't, like arteries.</p> <h2>5. Cheese Is Part of a Healthy Diet</h2> <p>This may seem obvious by now, but it's worth pointing out that cheese can and should be part of a healthy diet. It's a great source of protein, which helps fill you up and gives you energy. Cheese is high in calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, and zinc, all of which are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Most cheese products are gluten-free and low in lactose, making them safe to eat for most lactose-intolerant people. While some are higher in sodium than others, none contain nearly as much sodium as many processed foods, making them a healthier snack. So sprinkle a little cheese on your salad or pasta, or enjoy a small plate of cheese and whole wheat crackers &mdash; it's good for you.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite healthful cheese?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-science-says-its-ok-to-eat-more-cheese">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-sleep">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-get-calcium">Great Ways to Get Calcium</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-meat-too-high-to-pay">The Cost of Meat—Too High To Pay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">Milking It: 5 Easy Homemade Cheeses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-nutrients-you-need-more-of">7 Nutrients You Need More Of</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty calcium cheese dairy snacking vitamin D Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:12 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1445023 at http://www.wisebread.com Milking It: 5 Easy Homemade Cheeses http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cheese_shop2.jpg" alt="Cheese shop" title="Cheese shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="205" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the things that always amazes me about cooking is how, if you have a little bit of patience and a willingness to follow directions, certain totally intimidating foods turn out to be relatively easy to make. Like bagels. OK, your homemade bagels might not taste exactly like the ones at your favorite NYC nosheri. But if you can make a yeast bread, you can make tasty bagels &mdash; all you really have to do is add a step where you boil them.</p> <p>In this way, cooking is like a drug to me. Quick breads are a gateway to yeast breads. Yeast breads are a gateway to bagels. Bagels are a gateway to making homemade puff pastry dough. And cheese...well!</p> <p>Cheese was one of those foods that I always assumed I couldn't make. Since some cheeses are complex, I assumed they all were, requiring months of aging, crazy bacterial cultures, and area-specific milks.</p> <p>The truth is that many fresh cheeses are startlingly easy to make, requiring few or none of these things (although the better the milk you get is, the better your cheese will taste). Here are five kinds of cheese you can easily make yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homebrewed-beer-make-your-own-and-save-money">Homebrewed Beer: Make Your Own and Save Money?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cottage Cheese</h2> <p>Remember Little Miss Muffet eating her curds and whey? If she had spent a little more time in the kitchen, she could have ended up with some cottage cheese. The process is simple &mdash; after heating milk, add an acid (usually vinegar or lemon juice), and the milk will separate into curds and whey. Then, simply drain the whey from the curds, and what you have left is cottage cheese.</p> <p>Homemade cottage cheese doesn't taste like the salt-laden store-bought stuff &mdash; it's much closer to the &quot;farmer's cheese&quot; you can sometimes find. To get your homemade cottage cheese going, try this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/quick-cottage-cheese-recipe/index.html">cottage cheese recipe</a> from Alton Brown. Or, if you are interested in trying an easy cheese that uses rennet, a cheesemaking enzyme traditionally found in animal stomachs (there's vegetarian rennet as well), make this <a href="http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2006/03/la-presure-home-1/">recipe from chef David Lebovitz</a>.</p> <p>When they're made professionally, ricotta and cottage cheese are different &mdash; cottage cheese uses the curds, and ricotta uses the whey. However, if you want to make a homemade ricotta, the two cheeses are somewhat interchangeable (just look at this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Fresh-Homemade-Ricotta-234282">ricotta recipe</a> from&nbsp;Epicurious).</p> <h2>2. Paneer</h2> <p>A staple of Indian cooking, Paneer is a type of cottage cheese that is typically cut in blocks and served in dishes such as <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/cuisines/aroundtheworldin80dishes/indiasaagpaneerrecipe/recipes/food/views/Indian-Cheese-and-Red-Peppers-in-Fragrant-Spinach-Sauce-230902">Saag Paneer</a>. The process to create it is very similar to cottage cheese. This <a href="http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2008/05/24/how-to-make-paneer/">paneer recipe</a> from Indian cooking site Manjula's Kitchen has both a video and written instructions.</p> <h2>3. Fresh Mozzarella</h2> <p>A staple of Caprese salads, sliced-baguette sandwiches, and pizza, fresh mozzarella follows a similar process to cottage cheese, with a bit more complexity. After you curdle your milk and allow the cheese to drain, you then knead it until it reaches that elastic fresh-mozzarella consistency.</p> <p>Most recipes for fresh <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-things-to-do-with-bulk-block-mozzarella">mozzarella</a> do call for rennet, which you can find in the baking section of some grocery stores. Another great resource is <a href="http://www.leeners.com/cheese.html">Leeners</a>, a company that sells supplies for cheesemaking, homebrewing, and similar endeavors. As for a recipe, Chow has one that instructs you how to <a href="http://www.chow.com/food-news/54705/make-your-own-mozzarella/">make mozzarella</a> from scratch or from cheese curds.</p> <h2>4. Goat Cheese</h2> <p>Obviously, if you want to tackle goat cheese, you'll need to find goat's milk. Once you've done that, creating a cottage-cheese style goat cheese is simple. The blog Jules Food has instructions for making an easy, <a href="http://julesfood.blogspot.com/2011/02/homemade-goat-cheese.html">herbed goat cheese</a>.</p> <h2>5. Chevre</h2> <p>If you're feeling ready to tackle another level in cheesemaking, chevre is a great place to start since it doesn't require any aging. What this fresh, creamy goat's milk cheese does require is a starter bacterial culture (you can purchase it from <a href="http://www.leeners.com/cheese-ingredients-primary-cultures.html">Leeners</a> or elsewhere online if you don't have a local cheesemaking supply shop). Then, simply follow these <a href="http://www.tartedujour.com/journal/2011/4/11/homemade-chevre-fresh-from-the-farm.html">chevre instructions</a> from Tarte du Jour. The page also features a recipe for a tart that incorporates said chevre.</p> <p><em>Have you tried cheesemaking?&nbsp;What did you make? Share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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