Live longer, feel better, lose weight: Dairy has some powerful health benefits! Read on for surprising facts from the cow barn that will get you moo-ving straight to the dairy aisles.
You can prevent tooth decay by eating cheese after a meal.
In Harold McGee's book On Food and Cooking, he explains that eating cheese prevents acid secretions from clinging to your teeth: "Calcium and phosphate from the cheese diffuse into the bacterial colonies and blunt the acid rise." Follow the French's lead and treat yourself to a small cheese and fruit platter after dinner.
You can make feta healthier.
This herbaceous, salty, flavorful cheese (which is packed in salted water) can be soaked in water for a few minutes and rinsed thoroughly, before tossing into salads or adding to pastas, to reduce sodium levels dramatically without really changing the flavor.
Eating dairy helps with sleeplessness.
For those suffering symptoms of insomnia, a protein naturally occurring in milk may improve sleep quality and next-day alertness. Additionally, tryptophan which raises levels of serotonin and melatonin, both of which aid in catching a good night's sleep. Unlike turkey (also rich in tryptophan) which leaves you with a groggy, heavy feeling, an added benefit of having milk, cheese, or yogurt is they are easier on your stomach and rich in calcium, which promotes transforming tryptophan into calming melatonin.
You can eat cheese even if you're lactose intolerant.
Aged cheeses (like Asiago, Parmesan and bleu cheese) contain little or no lactose. So even people with lactose intolerance should be able to eat aged cheeses since all the lactose (milk sugar) has been converted by bacteria to lactic acid. Additionally, all natural cheeses are very low in lactose. Most of the lactose is removed when the curds are separated from the whey when making cheese, so these shouldn't pose any issues as well.