During this month I am spending a lot of time in Paris, France so I thought it would be good to write about cheese…
Cheese is a food that has often been a bit of a ‘no go’ in healthy eating due to it’s high levels of saturated fats, however if eaten in moderation it is actually incredibly good for you! Playing a vital role in a balanced diet.
Firstly your teeth: cheese is a anticariogenic – a food that helps protect against dental caries, and a very good one at that. It contains calcium and phosphorous which is vital for developing and maintaining healthy teeth, they strengthen tooth enamel, and when used is cooked/mixed meals it increases the amount of calcium around the teeth and helps reduce the amount calcium that is lost when the teeth are attacked by acids in the mouth, and replaces any that is lost. Furthermore, it helps form a barrier that protects the teeth from acid and encourages your mouth to produce more saliva, which neutralises acid from plague and clears any remaining food from the mouth.
Secondly your bones: again cheese contains vital ingredients for strong and healthy bones such as protein, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. These ingredients help bones to grow and repair through out our lives. As well as slow bone loss which happens as we get older.
Now if your sitting there thinking ‘that’s all very well but I’m lactose intolerant’ – so am I! Cheese contains a lot less lactose than the milk it is made from, because during the process of making cheese the part with the lactose in is thrown away. The general rule is the harder the cheese the less lactose it contains. Studies have shown that the majority of lactose intolerance people can happily eat small, regular, amounts of cheese, enjoying it’s health benefits without an upset stomach. (This is for lactose intolerant people not those who are intolerant to dairy or have dairy allergies!)
Note: cheese, as with all things, should be eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
So smile widely, stand tall and vive le fromage! (long live cheese)
This dazzling lady spoke at the TED conference in March and for the week she only packed 7 pairs of underwear and brought all her amazing outfits from secondhand shops when she arrived in LA. Personally I think the most important point to her talk is her important positive message about how we view ourselves, our confidence and being a beautiful person inside and out, as well as presenting an alternative way to how we shop for new outfits.
This message of loving and accepting yourself is echoed by another dazzling lady who spoke at TED’s youth conference in Singapore earlier this year. An amazing talk given by Samridhi Lodha.