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Cheese is Good for You! 9 Health Benefits of Cheese

Updated on June 3, 2010

Cheese is one of my favorite foods. There are certainly reasons that I've thought about giving it up (animal cruelty at dairy farms being one of those reasons) but in the end I've always gone back to eating cheese since it tastes so good. Cheese is included in so many different recipes and makes almost every dish taste just a little bit better. But isn't it bad for you? Not at all. In fact, cheese has a surprising number of health benefits. Of course, you want to always eat fatty foods like cheese in moderation but it's nice to know that eating this great ingredient can actually be good for you.

Here are nine health benefits of cheese that just might surprise you:

  1. Cheese is great for your teeth. Cheese is a food that is rich in calcium. Calcium is something that you need if you are going to have good, strong, healthy teeth. Cheese has been shown to reduce plaque and to stimulate saliva which helps to keep the mouth clean. If you dread going to the dentist because you don't want to hear that your teeth are getting bad then you might want to think about how cheese can help you out! (Of course, you do still have to brush and floss!!)
  2. Cheese is even better for your bones. For the same reason that cheese is great for your teeth, it's also great for your bones. Getting enough calcium means that you'll have strong, healthy bones. It may prevent osteoporosis and other bone problems associated with aging.
  3. Cheese helps pregnancy go more smoothly. Calcium-rich foods like cheese are great for pregnant women. One of the biggest benefits is that it can help stimulate contractions when it's time for the baby to come. It also helps to create proper milk production in the body to help feed the baby once it is born.
  4. Cheese can reduce problems associated with PMS. Women who aren't pregnant may find that cheese is good for them when their time of month comes around. That's because the calcium in cheese can prevent or reduce some of the symptoms associated with PMS.
  5. Cheese may be good for your skin. Cheese is a product that contains B vitamins. B vitamins are good for maintaining supple, healthy, glowing skin. You won't automatically get good skin because you eat cheese but it's one benefit to consider when including cheese in your diet.
  6. Cheese might prevent cancer. There are a lot of studies going on through which people are trying to determine how to prevent cancer. One thing that seems to be true is that CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) may be a product that prevents cancer. Cheese contains CLA. Also, cheese may specifically help to prevent colon cancer due to its high calcium content.
  7. Cheese is good for people who suffer from migraine headaches. Getting enough calcium has been shown to reduce the problems that people have with migraines. Cheese, as has been noted here, is a terrific source of that calcium.
  8. Cheese can boost your immune system. Eating certain types of cheese has been found to actually have a positive effect on the immune system. This prevents many forms of illness and disease.
  9. Cheese is a leading product for people who need to gain weight. One of the reasons that cheese has a bad reputation as an unhealthy food is because it is a high-fat food and eating a lot of it can lead to weight gain. However, some people need to gain weight. Maybe you're an athlete that needs to bulk up or perhaps you're getting older and being too thin is starting to become dangerous for your health. Either way, cheese can be good for you. Of course, you need to eat in properly as part of a balanced diet and a lifestyle that includes exercise.

Notably, some of these health benefits vary depending upon the type of cheese that you are eating and the way that you prepare it. It's always best to speak with a doctor about your diet choices including how much cheese and dairy you're eating!


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    Anita Hasch 15 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    I love cheese and I love this hub. Cheese has a lot of health benefits, especially for strong bones. I eat a lot of cheese.

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    Dan 5 years ago

    This isn't a good article. Too much calcium can cause problems and most cheese isn't healthy to eat. You don't even make mention of the really negative effects like saturated fats, calories and sodium. Cheese is delicious but it is best to stick with low fat cheeses if you simply must have some (eg. cottage cheeses).

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    Ashley B 5 years ago

    I absolutely positively love cheese! (:

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    dfjgdhjghjghfjh 5 years ago

    cheese is mine and mine only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    khdjklshckjdsnf 5 years ago

    cheese is awesome

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    I am a cheese adict, so I loved this hub. Now I don't feel guilty about eating it. Thanks for sharing all these great benefits of cheese.

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    graymouser2@msn.con 5 years ago

    Cheese is quite nice

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    jaswinder64 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

    I don't eat cheese. Now I came to know health benefits from eating cheese, so I wil eat.

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    vennila 6 years ago

    now only know that cheese has more and more benefit to my child and me allso very thank for your informative

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    Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays

    I love cheese but never thought it was particularly healthful.

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    Gary V. 6 years ago

    Thanks for that great information on the health benefits of cheese. I love cheese! We get organic or grass-fed cheese usually. You can get some great cheese at a great price at Amish cheese and butter! Yum!

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    lilly 6 years ago

    very very very helpful.

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    Charlene 6 years ago

    I love Cheese! I never thought that cheese had so many healthy benefits too! That is AWESOME!!!!

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    Charmaine 6 years ago

    So glad someone has mentioned that some people actually need to put weight on! Everyone goes on about low fat food and how everyone needs to stop eating less etc etc, what about us people that need to gain weight for health reasons? I love cheese :)

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    Idy 6 years ago

    What about cheese made from soybean milk

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    satice_j 6 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

    It just went well with my turkey and cheese sandwich! Thanks for the shared info!

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    John 6 years ago

    I am fasting right now and all I can think of is I agree with it being good for you but yes,you can acquire significant weight gain so be careful and enjoy a small chunk of cheese now! John from

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    DePuy Pinnacle Recall 6 years ago

    Since cheese is composed of dairy products, it is high in Calcium which can aid in our bones growth and recovery. I incrased my intake of Calcium when I had a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. I might even increase my consumption of foods rich in Calcium after learning about the possibilities of a recall of the Pinnacle device. Overall, great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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    FOREX NINJA 7 years ago

    Wow,just hearing in importance of cheese for the first time.This is an educative and informative hub which i really learnt a lot from.Thanks bravo for this wonderful hub.

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    sam70 7 years ago

    I love cheese and have been craving cheese before going to bed. Don't know if that means anything :)

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    Li-Or 7 years ago

    hmm this was an interesting read although I'm still not convinced cheese is actually "good" for you when you weigh up the good and bad sides. Although sure, perhaps it wont do much harm in moderation. I still kinda side with the idea that there are healthier ways to get calcium, protein, CLA and other nutrients into your diet. Will keep reading into it though :)

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    Mamelody 7 years ago

    yummy cheese!!! especially if its in a cake!!!!

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    Samuel E. Richardson 7 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

    Good hub. Nice to know that something tasty is also good for you. I like to fry Mozzerella Cheese until it's crispy on the edges. Don't know if it's healthy, but it sure tastes good!

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    membersa 7 years ago from USA

    I love cheese. It's good to know that it's packed with nutrients. This is a great hub, very informative.

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    eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

    Cheese and chocolate are two of my favorite foods. It is nice to see that the scientific community finally realizes just how good cheese is for you. Great hub. I enjoyed reading it and will read more. Teresa

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    NCBIer 7 years ago

    It makes a great snack too, loaded with protein, especially for kids who are allergic to peanuts. I'm going to have to go to the store tomorrow for some brie or jarlsberg, can't decide which one just now. Thanks for the hub!

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    Contrice 7 years ago

    OMG...Where has this been all my life! THIS IS THE BEST HUB EVER...HURRAY FOR CHEESE! GO CHEESE, GO CHEESE!

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    SafeCard 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    Finally someone saying good things about cheese. Most only talk about the fat content. I personally do not like milk so I get most of my calcium from cheese.

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    samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

    Wow, I didn't know cheese had so many health benefits. I love cheese on any and everything.

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    Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Its good to know, that something that tastes so good, is also so good for you. Great hub