I have written about why we need to eat more fermented foods and natural cheese is a perfect example. Natural cheese, especially the part right under the rind, is full of probiotic bacteria essential to good health.
So far, we know that research subjects who ate natural cheese produced more butyrates, short-chain fatty acids that literally feed the cells lining the colon. Butyrates create an environment that suppress inflammation in the colon and that may help conditions like ulcerative colitis and colon cancer. In addition, 70% of our immunoglobin cells are made in the colon and they act all throughout the body. Studies show that butyrates created by eating cheese enhanced natural and acquired immunity. (Acquired immunity is when antibodies develop in response to exposure to an infectious disease or through vaccination.) More butyrate was also associated with a reduction of “bad” serum cholesterol. It seems like good gut bacteria was more important than saturated fat.
Read about the healthy bacteria in cheese in Science Daily:
- Cheese — acting as ‘carrier’ for probiotic bacteria — found to improve immune response of elderly
- New piece in the ‘French paradox’ diet and health puzzle: Cheese metabolism
Your thoughts: Does your life include enough cheese?