Why Cheese Should Own a Section of the Food Pyramid

Cheese is one of my absolute favorite types of food, and it has been for as long as I can remember. But then again, what’s not to love? Its salty, savory goodness is simply delightful. Whether sliced, whizzed, or riddled with holes, it is the perfect addition to any meal. When I was younger, I liked cheese so much that I wouldn’t even wait to eat it with a meal. I would simply sneak into the kitchen and steal  the shredded gold directly from the bag (I know- not very sanitary but I was young and hardly knew any better). Can you really blame me? Since then, I have been able to gain a little more self control and patience (so as not to spoil my appetite before dinner), but I have found that it makes a particularly tasty midnight snack.

In case you didn’t know, I am not the only one with an intense craving for cheese, for some reason, the human race is pretty much obsessed with the dairy by product. Cheese is so popular, in fact, that photographers (both professional and amateur) use the word  to generate sincere smiles across the masses. (Apparently the ch sound causes the teeth to show, and the eez sound causes the mouth to form a flattering shape around the teeth).

Because there are hundreds of variations of the aforementioned dairy by product (some of which are even made with the use of a dairy substitute such as soy or certain plants), cheese can be found nearly everywhere, in any form. Some are ooey gooey like mozzarella, while others are dry and crumbly like blue cheese. Some are even found in spry cans! No matter your preference, satisfaction is practically a guarantee.  Theory is – cheese can make any and everything taste delicious. Whether paired with crackers, nuts, pasta, or burgers, cheese has been known to complete any recipe and send your taste buds into a cornucopia of happiness.(however, I’m not so sure about cheddar flavored ice cream)…

So here’s what we have so far: cheese is great to eat, adored by the masses, and can make people smile. Those are awesome things to know but it still begs the questions: Why should cheese own a section of the food pyramid?

To answer that question, I will start with another question: what is cheese?

Cheese is a dairy by product made from curdling milk and then separating the solids from the whey. What happens after this point determines the variety of cheese as well as the taste, texture, color, and aroma. To learn even more, watch the video below.

Now you know what cheese is, but what now? What’s so great about it?

I can answer that with two words: versatility and nutrition. As I mentioned before, there are hundreds of different types of cheese, each with its own unique flavor and texture.  In addition to being delicious, it is highly nutritious and very rich in several vitamins and minerals.  Cheese is a great source of protein and probiotics, and is among the richest dietary sources of calcium, which plays an essential role in bone health. It is also high in vitamin B12, which is important for the function of the nervous system. 

After all of this, if you still are not sold on the utter awesomeness of cheese, I am not sure you ever will be. At the very least whether you are a distinguished cheese connoisseur or you are just partial to in on your pizza, I hope this post has enlightened you, inspired you, or simply helped you decide what’s for dinner tonight.

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