Can something so delicious be nutritious? The answer is YES!
Artisan cheese made with fresh whole milk represents a concentrated dietary source of milk proteins, fat and fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D and E. Our bodies depend on protein and fat as building blocks to, among other things, build muscle, enhance mobility, and to create energy and concentration.
Cheese is rich in the following:
Vitamin A: Good for development and maintaining good vision, growth and bones. The vitamin has been proven to be proactive for infections and cancer.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Especially important in converting proteins, fat and carbohydrates from food into the body. The vitamin is also important for growth, skin, nails, hair, lips and vision. During illness and physical performance the body will increase its consumption of the vitamin.
Vitamin B12: is a life necessary vitamin that we need to create red blood cells. It also ensures an optimal functioning nerve system and has been proven to prevent dementia. B12-vitamin is also necessary for the renewal and maintenance of our cells.
Calcium: is the most prominent mineral in our body. An average adult contains approximately 1 kilo of calcium, where 99 % are tied to our bone mass. The percent not tied to our bone mass has many important functions in the body, such as prevention of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, kidney stones and bowel cancer. The absorption of calcium is promoted by vitamin D and phosphorus. Calcium in cheese is bound entirely to proteins and contributes to its firmness. The firmer the cheese the higher the calcium content.
Zinc: is a life necessary mineral for all living organisms. It can be found in around 3000 different kinds of proteins that exist in the human body as well as in spit glands and cells that contribute to our immune system. It also contributes to the structure of skin and assists in wound healing. Research indicates that a high content of zinc in your daily diet makes you less susceptible to illness.
Phosphorus is present in every cell of the body. Most of the phosphorus in the body is found in the bones and teeth. The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats, and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus also helps the body make ATP; a molecule the body uses to store energy. Phosphorus works with the B vitamins; and also helps with the following: kidney function, muscle contractions, normal heartbeat and nerve signaling.
One of the main sources to phosphorus are the protein food groups in milk. A meal plan that provides adequate amounts of calcium and protein also provides an adequate amount of phosphorus.