Cheese tastes wonderful. I get it. But, why do without it? The reason is that you will be healthier and weigh less. There’s a lot of stuff you’ve heard that’s in milk and cheese that’s not good for us. Some of us have an allergic reaction and/or intolerance to dairy.
Also, there’s too much fat in it. And, most important of all, it was made for baby cows. In other words, it’s not our food. Plant based whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are.
‘If one adds spices, salt and pepper, a little Parmesan cheese and small amount of olive oil and it makes him eat even more vegetables, how can that be such a bad thing’?
Although cheese tastes fantastic, we can learn to live without it. When I was first beginning being a vegetarian and vegan, I didn’t know the concept ‘plant based whole food’ and what it really meant.
‘I do use a shake or two of Parmesan/Romano cheese on top my large green salads. I also use a relatively small amount of extra virgin olive oil…’
Now, I know plant based whole food means eating in-tact things like bananas and salads. It doesn’t mean eating a bag of chips, take out food and TV dinners. But, I don’t think it hurts to get derailed once in a while and indulge as long as we eat 80-90% plant based whole foods.
‘A healthy eating pattern in 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes milk, yogurt, and cheese; however, the guidelines also point out that because most cheese contains more sodium and saturated fats, increased intake of dairy products would be most beneficial if more fat-free or low-fat milk products were selected rather than cheese [1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5295107/]’.
There are those who say you need the calcium in dairy for your bones and teeth. The plant based whole food experts unanimously agree this not true, that one is better off getting his calcium from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. Yet, if you are lactose intolerant you may wish to avoid dairy altogether [2 https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/lactose-intolerance/eating-diet-nutrition]’.
Source- 1 Tong, Xing, et al. “Cheese Consumption and Risk of All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Studies.” Nutrients, MDPI, 13 Jan. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5295107/.
2 “Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Lactose Intolerance.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Feb. 2018, www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/lactose-intolerance/eating-diet-nutrition.
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.