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Is Cheese Bad For You?



Short answer

Cheese is not bad for you in moderation. If you prefer full-fat cheese, try not to consume more than 1 ounce daily.



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Long answer

Like all dairy products, cheese contains calcium and protein as well as vitamin A, D, B12, riboflavin, zinc, and phosphorus. Believe it or not, a 2009 study in Nutrition & Metabolism funded by the National Dairy Council suggests that cheese and other dairy foods may help prevent weight gain after dieting; another study found that regular cheese eaters gained less weight over time.

Fat-free and low-fat products are fine in moderation. However, full-fat cheeses are not your friend, since these foods typically contain hefty amounts of artery-clogging saturated fat—up to 6 grams in just one ounce of full-fat cheese (the size of a pair of dice!) That’s about one-third of the total saturated fat recommended for good health in a single day. And a diet high in saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol, which promotes heart disease, clogged arteries, and in the rarest case heart attack.

One of nature’s best double-duty foods, cheese is a solid source of satiating protein and bone-building calcium. To optimize its health benefits, opt for reduced- or non-fat cheeses and avoid full-fat varieties. Keep your portion size in check to avoid consuming too much saturated fat.

And to finish off with a fun fact, eating cheese after brushing your teeth can reduce acidity levels inside of your mouth. This, in turn, reduces the risk of cavities!

Possible short-term side effects

  • nausea

Possible long-term side effects

  • heart disease
  • increased blood pressure
  • weight gain

Ingredients to be aware of


  • promotes stronger bones / teeth
  • helps prevent cavities
  • reduced risk of colorectal cancer (women)
  • relieve pms symptoms

Healthier alternatives

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Organic Pepper Jack Cheese

  • Certified Organic
  • Rich in calcium
  • Zesty pepper flavor
  • Convenient 8 oz bar
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Written by Maddiebair
Published on: 12-27-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Maddiebair
Published on: 12-27-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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