I wonder if this fact will surprise you as much as it did me: A study of 1,787 adults revealed that out of 49 whole foods, cheese was “by far” the most protective food when it comes to avoiding age-related cognitive problems. For cheese-lovers this is truly good news. Cheese is brain food! Who knew?
I did a newsletter and shared the research that showed that dairy, including cheese, was not associated with weight gain, increased cholesterol levels, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Well it seems the news just keeps getting better.
According to the study referenced above, participants who ate cheese daily had better fluid intelligence scores over time. Red wine and lamb were also found to be protective. Including some of these foods in your meals is a simple way to help protect your brain health.
As is true of all foods quality matters as does the type of cheese you choose. What is being spoken of here is real, natural cheese, not processed “cheese food” or “cheese spread.” If you can choose cheeses from organic dairy that’s one step better. Those from grass-fed dairy are even healthier as they have been shown to be higher in many nutrients, including vitamin E, beta-carotene and the healthy fats omega-3 and CLA.
Are you surprised to learn that cheese is considered a healthy, brain food?