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Cheese – Why You Should Avoid It
(19.10.2020) << back  News 2/254  previous >>
Cheese is a real source of pleasure for many people – keep in mind that it's not good for you
Cheese is a food that many people love, and there are so many kinds to enjoy – it's no wonder that the amount of cheese eaten has risen enormously in recent decades
 
Cheese contains a lot of fat and cholesterol along with casein, but everything else in cheese is good for our bodies
The casein that cheese contains is unhealthy for our bodies, and the fat and cholesterol in cheese are also bad for us
 

Flavourful, mild, hard or soft with mould growing inside: there are so many kinds of cheese and so many different cheese tastes. In many cultures, a wholesome meal without cheese would be unthinkable – in fact it's almost become a part of the cultural heritage as a food eaten by every generation. Today we would like to explain why avoiding this food can actually be very beneficial to your health.


A Food Rich in Negative Characteristics

If you go out to eat at a nice restaurant or you invite your friends or family over for an evening meal, cheese is commonly one of the first foods on the menu. If it's not offered early on as part of the appetizers, then you're sure to see it as part of the main course or even the dessert. In some cultures, there's a saying that "cheese seals the meal". This saying really is true in a way…in fact, cheese does this job a little too well.

The regular consumption of milk products in general, among them cheese, is something one should try to avoid. Having a look at normal human biology, you'll quickly come to understand why this is the case: the only people who ought to be drinking milk are nursing babies, and this is in truth a relatively brief phase in our development. If you think about it this way, it becomes clear that a life of drinking milk and eating milk products are not optimal for our health. All the worse, the milk and dairy products that we consume later in life come from other animals. Cows, for example, reach a far greater weight than humans, and for this reason they need milk that is much more nutrient-dense. This kind of milk is not easy for humans to digest, and more over the nutrients contained in cow milk are not a good match for our biology. Milk from goats and sheep is actually easier for our bodies to handle, though it's also not ideal to consume such dairy products on a regular basis.

Often the consumption of dairy products is recommended as a way to stave off osteoporosis. On the contrary, recent discoveries have shown that the prevalence of this disease is down to the loss of stored calcium that is related to a diet too rich in animal protein.

China Study shows milk products like cheese promote health problems

You might have been thinking that the nutrients contained in cheese can be good for you. Unfortunately, a lot of research suggests that this is not the case, chief among them the "China Study". This study was carried out by the renowned scientist Dr. T. Colin Campbell in the 1970s, and it's the largest epidemiological study ever conducted worldwide. Milk products like cheese received overwhelmingly bad marks.

The study confirmed something that had previously been shown in numerous animal studies: dairy product can encourage the growth of tumour cells. This effect is not due to the fat or cholesterol contained in such foods; instead, it is connected to the kind of animal protein they contain. Casein is the primary culprit, and casein accounts for 87% of the protein contained in cows' milk – it's especially concentrated in cheese. In the research conducted by Dr. Campbell, casein supports all stages in the development of cancer. Just the opposite is true for plant-based proteins; even in high doses, plant proteins do not add to the prevalence of cancer.

Nonetheless, the fat and cholesterol contained in dairy products should not be ignored. They promote the development of arterial sclerosis, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and many more negative health conditions. Among all of the foods produced from milk, cheese is especially high in fat and cholesterol.

Last but not least, cheese is not easily digested. As mentioned above, milk from other animals does not have a nutritional profile that is a good fit for our bodies. Anyone who suffers with digestive problems or illnesses that affect the digestive system are advised to cut down on cheese consumption…and ideally, to eliminate it completely.

The harm is related to the amount – for cheese this is especially true

If your love of cheese simply cannot be quelled, there's no need to completely cut cheese out of your life for the long term. Just keep the health effects in mind, and remember that the negatives only grow the more you eat. One way to eat less cheese is to just eat it less frequently and regard it as a special treat, which likewise is good advice for the enjoyment of coffee and alcohol. Moreover, you might also consider smaller portions when cheese in on the menu.

Sources:

Dr. Michael Greger and Gene Stone,  How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, Flatiron Books, 2015

T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell, The China Study, revised edition, 2016

Dr. John McDougall, "The McDougall Newsletter: Dairy Products and 10 False Promises", 2003

British Medical Journal: "Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men", cohort study published in 2014

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