Health & Nutrition

There are many health benefits associated with eating cheese and other dairy products.

Cheese helps prevent tooth decay by protecting the enamel, stimulating saliva production, and by neutralizing the acids contained if many of the foods we eat on a regular basis.  The protein and calcium in cheese are excellent agents to help fight cavities.

Calcium helps in the prevention of Osteoporosis.  Consuming dairy products is especially during adolescence when bones are developing. If you do not consume enough calcium, your body will take calcium from your bones to fuel other areas of your body which may lead to Osteoporosis.  While Osteoporosis cannot be reversed, it can be prevented and it is very hard to meet your calcium needs without dairy products.

Not all fats are created equal!  Cheese and other dairy products contain small amounts of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which is considered to be a good fat.  Recent studies have shown that CLA may play a role in preventing certain types of cancer like breast cancer or colon cancer.  CLA may also be an aid in weight loss or weight management along with a healthy diet and exercise.

Not only does cheese contain calcium, but dairy foods also contain eight other essential nutrients such as potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc just to name a few.  Studies have found that increasing the intake of calcium, magnesium, and potassium can lower blood pressure and can help reduce the risk of hypertension.

People who have been diagnosed with an intolerance to lactose lack the enzyme that breaks down natural sugars (lactose) found in milk products.  This enzyme is known as lactase.  Without lactase a person may have bloating, gas, or diarrhea soon after consuming a dairy product.  It is not necessary to avoid all dairy products if you are lactose intolerant unless your doctor recommends that you stay away from them.   Jensen Cheese carries some lactose-free varieties of cheese.  Jensen’s Extra Old Cheddars, 4-Year Cheddars, 5-Year Cheddars and Vintage Reserved Cheddars have low levels of lactose so they are easier for those with lactose intolerances to digest however Jensen’s advises that you always follow the advice of your doctor.

The calcium in a one-inch cube of cheese is equivalent to that in seven cups of broccoli!