Pick Parmesan Cheese for A Healthy Choice

December 20

A superior cheese Parmesan contains all the great benefits of milk but in a more concentrated form. High in vitamins and minerals, Parmesan cheese is easily digestible. That’s because the high level of protein contained in this cheese has been pre-digested, making it readily available to the body without having to work so hard at digestion.

This is due to the long aging process required in making Parmesan. As it ages, Parmesan is broken down into peptones, peptides and free amino acids. Containing more protein than lean beef, Parmesan digests in about 45 minutes compared to a 4-hour digestion time for red meat.

Other benefits to the digestion include Parmesan’s ability to promote the development of Bacillus Bifidus, useful for the maintenance of a healthy tummy. It contains no lactose making it a good choice for women who are lactose intolerant or those with gastro-intestinal inflammation.

Many women are afraid to eat cheese because of the fat content. However, it’s fat is a fundamental part of nutrition. Muscular activity is dependent on fatty acids and because of the breakdown that occurs during the ageing of Parmesan, much of the fat is in the form of short-chain fatty acids. Easily absorbed, these compounds supply energy very quickly to the body, much the same way that sugar does.

Parmesan is a healthy choice when a woman is watching her cholesterol. The cholesterol content of Parmesan is only 80 – 85mg/100g, much lower than other full fat cheeses.

The nutritional values of Parmesan are numerous. High in protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B12, Parmesan provides 18%of the daily energy requirements for the average adult woman.

You can eat it shredded over vegetables, sprinkled on bread or popcorn, shave some and eat as an appetizer before your meal. It’s a great way to get your salivary glands working and keeps acid build up from occurring, which sometimes occurs when you get too hungry before a meal.

If you eat snacks during the day, Parmesan is an excellent alternative to other high fat cheese. It’s a good practice to eat a serving of protein at every meal, and because it is easily digestible it makes an excellent choice for a quick snack.

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One Comment

  1. I love parmesan cheese and did not realize it was lactose free. Thanks for sharing all the health benefits!

  2. Deb on 12/21/2010 at 4:37 pm

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