Traditional piece of semi matured cheeseLet’s face it. Americans love cheese. And what’s not to love? Cheese is one of the few foods that lends itself to individual palette preferences and dietary needs. If you need an excuse to grab a slice from the summer-barbeque cheese plates, we’re here to help. While many people look to cheese when they’re topping burgers or fixing sandwiches, they may be pleasantly surprised to learn certain varieties could help fill more than your belly, supplying your body with probiotics.

Possible Benefits

Headlines about the countless believed benefits of probiotics consumption have filled pages on pages of the Internet. Less noticed, though, are some well-documented studies about the benefits of consuming probiotics-rich cheese. As proponents of these beneficial microbes, we’re here to spread the word about this dairy staple.

“In 2010, Finland researcher Dr. Fandi Ibrahim and colleagues at the University of Turku proved, through blood tests, that daily consumption of probiotic Gouda cheese by adults ages 72 and older offset immunosenescene — the age-related reduction of natural and acquired immunity,” reported a Livestrong article.

With an aging –often inefficient—immune system working against us each year, this research is especially exciting news for cheese lovers.

How It Works

Wondering what makes this delectable food such a good source of probiotics? Here’s your answer, as told by Livestong: “Cheeses are excellent carriers for probiotics — their low acidity and high fat preserve and nurture the microorganisms while they move through the digestive system.” That’s right. That sometimes higher fat content that keeps many from indulging is exactly what creates such a stable environment for the preservation of friendly microbes.

Indulging Wisely

So, now that you know cheese can host a variety of probiotic strains, it’s time to learn how to make smarter cheese selections. To help, we’ve created some simple guidelines. Start by seeking out well-aged cheeses like Gouda or Edam. And if you are looking for something different, consider a cheese created from raw and unpasteurized dairy.  Certain cheddars, authentic parmesan, and even cottage cheese help promote healthy digestion, making it easy to find the cheese that works with your lifestyle and preferences.

With any dietary or lifestyle change, we encourage you to consult a physician if you have questions or concerns. So ask about integrating these probiotic-rich cheeses into your life.

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