Cheese is one of the most unhealthy & fattening foods you can eat. Before you indulge in cheesecake and cheese pasta it's important to understand just how dangerous cheese is. Cheese is made up of 70% saturated fat and is very high in cholesterol and sodium. Within minutes of eating cheese, our blood becomes thicker. The fat molecules enter the blood stream, making the blood thicker, and our cells cannot oxygenate properly. This is why we become tired quickly after eating cheese, our immune system weakens and we set up the stage for heart disease and other illnesses.
Cheese embodies everything that is wrong with milk but concentrated times 100. Since all the liquid is drained out, the protein, cholesterol, and fat is much more concentrated than milk.
Cheese (and milk) May be the Culprit behind Inflammatory Disease, Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
If you're suffering from arthritis, asthma, ear infection & acne, the inflammatory proteins in milk & even more in cheese may be the trigger. If you have heart disease, the saturated fats in cheese may be the trigger. If you have high blood pressure, the extremely high sodium in cheese may be the trigger.
Why is cheese so toxic? Lets look at how the cheese making process.
Why does Cheese Smell Like Old Socks and Dirty Feet?
The same bacteria that we have in between our toes, Brevi bacteria, are used to ferment cheese. This is why cheese smells like old socks and dirty feet. This bacteria is just plain unhealthy.
Then, Renet (an enzyme from cow's stomach) is used to coagulate the cheese. Renet is not used much any more, GMO renet is used instead. Then tons of salt is added to stop the fermentation.
How much sodium is in cheese? High blood pressure anyone?
To give you an idea about how much salt is in cheese lets compare Brown rice has 20mg of sodium per serving, chedder cheese has 350 mg per serving with some cheeses up to 800mg per serving. And this is not healthy salt.
If you have high blood pressure, than cheese may be what's pushing you over the edge.
The saturated fat in cheese and meat raises blood cholesterol levels and raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Heart Disease High Cholesterol & Cheese
Within minutes of eating cheese, our blood becomes thicker. The fat molecules enter the blood stream, making the blood thicker, and our cells cannot oxygenate properly. This is why we feel tired quickly after eating cheese. Especially as we get older, the protein in cheese and animal proteins clogs our arteries and can lead to heart disease.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women,” said Dr. William E. Connor, professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the Oregon Health Sciences University. “Anything Americans can do to reduce their intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, such as cutting back on cheese, would lessen the risk of heart disease.”
“Just one ounce of full-fat cheese can have as much as six grams of artery-clogging fat — a third of a day’s worth,” said Wootan. “And an ounce isn’t much, just 1 1/2 slices of processed cheese, a 1 1/4-inch cube of cheddar or most other hard cheeses, or the cheese on a slice of a large pizza.”
Fat is not necessarily bad, but its the type of fat in cheese that is incredibly toxic to our bodies. Cheese is made up of 70% saturated fat without any of the fiber and nutrients found in plants like for example avocados.
Cheese Causes Constipation & IBS
Cheese is full of cellulose (wood pulp) that is used as a thickener. Cellulose is wood pulp that is ground so fine. Cellulose in cheese rips apart our intestinal lining leading to leaky gut and IBS.
And the casomorphins in cheese lead to constipation.
Cheese Consumption leads to Weight Gain & Diabetes
Cheese is made up of 70% saturated fat, without any of the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients present in healthy fat sources like avocado. Such a high source of fat like cheese fattens us up quickly, since the body doesnt have to use energy (calories) to convert it to fat like the body would with sugar and carbs.
Weight gain of course leads to diabetes and heart disease.
Additionally, When our cells are full of fat, glucose cannot get into the cells, which leads to a buildup of glucose in the blood, which of course leads to diabetes.
Cheese & Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is between 30-50% more common in dairy consuming men than non-dairy consuming men. It may be the female cow hormones in cheese and milk that is behind this.
So this Shavuot lets take care of our wonderful bodies and avoid cheese and dairy. We can't afford not to.
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1) Dr Neal Barnard The Cheese Trap great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtKIgDN4UAU