Did we say everything in moderation?

Yes, we did!  A recent article on time.com supports that concept.  The question they asked their group of 5 nutrition experts was “Should I eat cheese?”  The response was yes, in moderation.  Recent research shows that there is a link between dairy consumption and better metabolic health and lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.  Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and Vitamin D and the fat in cheese helps us to absorb nutrients during digestion. However, cheese tends to be high in calories, fat and sodium and it provides good nutritional value in small quantities.  They give an example of Swiss Cheese – 2 slices can provide 44% of your daily calcium needs and 15 gram of protein.  In terms of flavour, a little goes a long way.

Here’s a good example:

Grilled Swiss Cheese Sandwich

Serves 2 – Serving Size: 1 Sandwich

Ingredients:

4 slices (3 oz/85 g) low fat swiss cheese

4 slices whole-wheat bread

5 oz (140 g) sliced cooked turkey

4 slices tomato

4 tsp (20 mL) non-hydrogenated margarine

 

Directions:

1.  Place slices of cheese, turkey and tomato between the slices of bread.  Spread 1 tsp (5 mL) of margarine on each side of the sandwich if desired.

2.  Grill or cook on a skillet until cheese is melted and bread is browned.

 

Nutritional Analysis per serving (eaTracker):  404 calories, 14 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 38 g carbohydrate, 6 g fibre, 31 g protein.

 

 

 

For the full article with references go to:  http://time.com/3532516/cheese-health-benefits/