Is Cheese Proteins or Fats, Harm or Benefit?

Is Cheese Proteins or Fats, Harm or Benefit?
Cheese — a favorite of all the products is sometimes undeservedly pushed into the far corner of the refrigerator as extremely fatty and harmful for the figure... Did you know that cheese is a leader in calcium content! For example, 100 grams of solid cheese contains 1300 mg of calcium, which is 130% of the daily norm. And unlike milk, this product is absorbed by 90%! But in cheese 50% fat — you will say... So let's think what cheese is.

Cheese is made from milk, special milk bacteria (sourdough) and the rennet enzyme. Butter is also added to some cheeses. It turns out that cheese is a protein product with decent fat content.

Cheese is a fatty product... or not?
As a rule, there are cheeses 60, 50, 45 and 25% fat. On the shelves of stores, we see two kinds most often: 60% and 50%. And it seems to us that these are just crazy numbers because you do not want to eat excess fats! And those who are on a diet, such fats and do seem sky-high. However, do not rush to draw conclusions. Manufacturers indicate the percentage of fat in the dry substance, and in the finished product, this fat content is reduced to 20-30%.

Fatty dairy products contain more calcium, or still do not?
If you are told that fatty dairy products are healthier because they contain more calcium, that's not entirely true. Calcium and fat are not interconnected, even if on the contrary, manufacturers reduce the fat content of dairy products, but artificially enrich them with calcium.
The thing is that calcium is absorbed together with vitamin D. And vitamin D is absorbed with fats. Therefore, cheese (a product containing fat) brings so much calcium to our body, and at the same time vitamins A, E, D, B1, B12, essential amino acids and minerals!

The rate of consumption of cheese
And yet it is not necessary to abuse cheese, as well as any other products. 30-50 grams of cheese a day is more than enough. And it is better if you eat it separately from the bread, and not as they used to: in combination with sausage and a thick piece of loaf.

So what is the harm of your favorite cheese?
Everything is banal: there is a lot of salt in cheese. Yes, cheese is an extremely salty product. It is salt that spoils it, but without salt, unfortunately, this product cannot be prepared. The only thing you can do is soak the cheese before you eat. It is enough to hold it in fresh milk or water for an hour so that some part of the salt comes out. This also applies to other brine cheeses.

Kinds of cheeses
Cheeses vary by the following types (fat, protein, and kcal per 100g):

Hard cheesesHard cheeses
  • Parmesan and its species
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Maasdam
  • Emmental
  • Gruyere
Fat — 28-35 g; proteins — 23-33; kcal: 340-420

Semi-hard cheesesSemi-hard cheeses
  • Lithuanian
  • Creamy
  • Dutch
  • Gouda
fat — 22-30 g; proteins -22-28; kcal — 330-350

Brine cheeses Brine cheeses
  • Feta
  • Mozzarella
Fat -18-25; proteins — 17-25; kcal: 215-300

Soft cheeses (with mold)Soft cheeses mold
  • Camembert
  • Brie
  • Gorgonzola
  • Roquefort
Fat — 30; proteins — 20; kcal — 350-400

Processed cheeses: processed cheeses are made from milk, butter, cottage cheese, and any other ingredients. As a rule, these are quite high-calorie cheeses. Their main danger is that in addition to protein and fat they often have carbohydrates (sweet cheeses, or with various additives). That is why processed cheeses are not recommended for people who are overweight. Processed cheese is harmful to the figure.

Based on all of this, we can conclude that the fatter the cheese, the richer the proteins. Hard cheeses are the leaders in protein, fat, and vitamins.