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Natural cheese is made with milk, salt, a starter culture, and an enzyme called rennet. Cheese has been made for more than 4,000 years, though its exact origins are a bit fuzzy. The story goes that a man once put milk in a pouch made from a sheep’s stomach. By the end of the day, as a result of being out in the sun and the materials of the pouch, the milk had separated into curd (cheese) and whey.

The nutrients in cheese vary. One ounce of hard cheese, or a wedge about the size of your thumb, contains about 120 calories, 8 grams (g) of protein, 6 g saturated fat, and 180 milligrams (mg) of calcium. A half-cup of soft cheese like 4% full-fat cottage cheese has about 120 calories, 14 g protein, 3 g saturated fat, and 80 mg of calcium. Most cheeses are high in sodium with 300-450 mg per serving because salt is a key ingredient to hold moisture and prevent overgrowth of bacteria. However, some cheeses like goat, whole-milk mozzarella, and Swiss are low in sodium with only 50-100 mg per serving.

Benefits

Healthy bones

Cheese is a rich source of calcium which is as essential nutrient for stronger bones. Cheese is hence essential for everyone, especially for pregnant and lactating women, growing children are also recommended to eat a decent quantities of cheese. Cheese is not only rich in calcium but in B vitamins as well which allows the bones to absorb calcium easily.

Improved brain function

Your brain is the most complicated part of the body. Hence, it is crucial for you to make sure it is in a healthy state. For healthy brain activity, your body utilizes the fats it derives from the food you eat. Rich in omega 3 and fatty acids, cheese is a delicious way to keep your brain in a good state of health.

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