There is absolutely nothing that cheese can’t make better! Whether sizzling on a hot slice of pizza or sprinkled on pasta—cheese can enhance the flavour of anything and everything.
But everything comes with its own pros and cons—including your favourite cheese! While cheese is a good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, it is low in fibre and high in saturated fats and sodium. So when you overdose on it, you invite tonnes of health issues.
Here are four things that happen when you eat too much cheese
We all know that eating too many high-calorie foods can make you gain weight. While not all cheeses have high calorific values, they are high-fat foods. So when you eat them in large quantities regularly, weight gain is inevitable.
You can blame the saturated fat in cheese for increasing cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can potentially increase the risk of heart disease. But then again, if eaten in moderate quantities, cheese can’t do you any harm.
Cheese is a high-fat dairy product, which contains lactose. Some people can’t digest lactose very well because of the deficiency of an enzyme in our body called lactase. If you are lactose intolerant and don’t know it, too much cheese can cause gas, bloating, and constipation.
Cheese is rich in sodium, which helps to maintain the balance of water in cells. But intake of too much sodium can cause high blood pressure as well and is also associated with kidney diseases, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
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Now that you know what happens when you consume large quantities of this very delicious food, let’s tell you how much cheese is enough. The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than three portions of cheese per day, which each serving capped at 42 grams of cheese.