Cheese is arguably pretty delicious — no matter the form. For many people, cheese is an essential component to their diet. After all, think of all the amazing meals in which cheese takes center stage: mac and cheese, pizza, nachos. That list list could go on and on. Not to mention, cheese can be consumed in a myriad of ways, be it fried, melted, or just sliced. Hungry yet? Although it may seem like a miracle food, cheese is also somewhat controversial due to its impact on a person’s health.
However, it’s really not as simple as putting cheese in a “good” or “bad” column; it has both pros and cons in terms of health. The truth is, when you eat this dairy product every day, a lot can happen to your body. Like what? Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly that happens as a result of eating cheese each and every day.
When you eat cheese every day, your risk of getting heart disease goes up
One of the biggest issues people have with cheese is that it has quite a bit of saturated fat. Terry Fairclough, a nutritional therapist and founder of Your Body Programme, explained to Yahoo that this means it’s hard for your body to consume. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have actually placed guidelines on how many saturated fats Americans should consume in a day, specifically suggesting adults to “consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats.” But does that really mean the saturated fats in cheese are all that bad for you?
According to Healthline, “many experts argue that one macronutrient can’t be blamed for disease progression and that diet as a whole is what matter.” Yet and still, saturated fats have “been consistently linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and numerous other health conditions.” If you were to eat cheese every day, it’s very likely you’d be consuming far too many saturated fats than recommended, thus putting yourself at risk for poor health and disease.
You could raise your cholesterol levels by eating cheese every day
Having high cholesterol is a serious health issue by itself, and unfortunately for cheese fanatics, the dairy product is “among the foods most likely to raise a person’s cholesterol level,” according to Medical News Today.
High cholesterol can lead to a host of issues. Although the condition itself won’t cause you experience symptoms, “it can increase your risk for conditions that do have symptoms, including angina (chest pain caused by heart disease), high blood pressure, stroke, and other circulatory ailments,” WebMD revealed. Of course, this isn’t to say that cheese will cause this in everyone.
The cholesterol in cheese probably won’t impact you unless you “are one of those people who are susceptible to the effects of cholesterol,” at which point “eating cheese may increase your risk of heart disease and strokes,” nutritional therapist Terry Fairclough told Yahoo. Since cholesterol is so tricky — and you might not know if you have high cholesterol — it’s smart to monitor your daily cheese intake so you don’t accidentally raise your cholesterol to an unsafe level.
Eating cheese every day increases your risk for headaches and other conditions
When you look at your diet, there are usually a few macronutrients — like protein, fat, and carbs — that make up the majority. However, there’s another part of people’s diets that tends to get overlooked but really shouldn’t: sodium. Your sodium intake can really mess with your health if it’s too high and, sadly, cheese tends to be high in sodium.
According to the American Heart Association, “Too much sodium can increase your risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure.” Additionally, “it can also increase your risk for osteoporosis, stomach cancer, kidney disease, kidney stones, an enlarged heart muscle, and headaches.”
As registered dietitian Lanah J. Brennan told Everyday Health, “Cheeses, especially processed cheese like American cheese, can contain up to 400 mg of sodium per ounce.” That’s a lot of sodium for a small piece of cheese. If you eat cheese every day, you’ll certainly want to monitor what other sources of sodium you’re getting so you don’t consume too much.
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