Nutritionals

What nutrients does cheese contain?

Milk is a natural product and the basic constituent of cheese. 10 litres of milk is needed to make 1 kg cheese. This is because cheese is a concentrated source of the fat (in dry matter), calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals found in milk. Cheese is a good source of protein and a rich source of calcium.

  

Vitamins

 

Cheese is an important source of vitamins A, B2, B12, D and K2. Vitamins are essential for providing energy, making new tissue, removing waste and ensuring that all organs are able to work properly. 

 

Energy

 

Dairy fat contains relatively high amounts of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which is essential for growth and several other body functions. As the quantity of moisture in cheese is not constant, the fat content is usually expressed as a percentage of the dry matter (fat in dry matter). The dry matter of an immature Edam contains 40% fat, which means the final product contains 23g of absolute fat per 100g. 

 

 

Protein

 

Proteins play a major role in the upkeep of our bodies’ health and wellbeing. They are essential for the growth and repair of tissue. Compared with other foods, cheese is an important source of protein. 35g of cheese gives just as much protein as 50g of meat, making it a great alternative.

 

Calcium

 

Milk and cheese are great sources of calcium for the human body. Just four slices of cheese can contain a sufficient amount of calcium to meet our body’s daily requirement. Calcium is essential in building healthy, strong bones and teeth.

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