Cheese & Your Health


Is cheese good for you? There has been a lot of debate surrounding this topic for quite a number of years now. Saturated fats, cholesterol et cetera. However, a recent piece of scientific research carried out in Denmark, suggests that cheese may actually be quite good for you:
The secret to a longer life and faster metabolism Eating cheese »

Balance is everything

Many a time I have been handing out samples of either Cashel Blue, Crozier Blue or our Cashel Cream Cheese to be told “Oh, I couldn’t taste any of that, it is too fattening,” only for my intended “fromage victim” to move on to a tasting of chocolate, biscuits, sugar coated popcorn or some other such calorie laden foodstuff (I have to admit that I am also prone to snack on these sweet delights.)

However, when we are looking at cheese with relation to our health we should consider that the best diet is a balanced diet. Cheese goes a long way towards providing that balance. Few other delicacies contain the mix of calcium, vitamins, minerals and, of course, proteins that can be found in cheese. And with relation to our own Cashel Blue and Crozier Blue, the Penicillium Roquefortii we use has been proven to have specific anti-inflammatory properties, which help combat cardiovascular disease, leading to good health and longevity: Eating blue cheese may help you live longer »

It is also important to remember that a balanced diet is only one of the elements to be considered with relation to your health, albeit arguably the most important. A healthy balanced diet should also be accompanied by regular light exercise (for example walking, cycling or swimming.)

The added benefits of ewes milk cheese

Much like the far more common cow’s milk cheeses, ewes milk cheese are a wonderful contribution to a balanced diet, and not just for their outstanding taste. The obvious advantage is that, if you find that cow-related dairy products do not agree with you, ewes milk cheese, such as our Crozier Blue, can, in fact, be easily digested. And then we come to the all important vitamins and minerals (such as vitamins A and D,) sheep’s milk is packed with these, even more so than cow’s milk. For more information on the properties of sheep’s milk check out benefits of sheep milk ».

Benefits of Ewes Milk Cheese & Sheep Cheese like Cashle's Crozier Blue

Salt: friend or foe?

Just a quick note on the current hot topic with relation to the health benefits of food: SALT.

As is common in life you could say “if it’s good, it’s bad for you.” However, when it comes to salt things are not quite so clear cut. Salt is a very important substance in our everyday life, and not just because it contributes to the taste. All cheeses contain a certain amount of salt, where, as well as adding to the flavour profile of the cheese, it also acts as a preservative, extending the “life” of a 100% milk based product.

However, salt is a fickle beast: try living without salt in your life and you will soon note that your energy levels drop and that you become slower and slower at everything you do, too much salt in your life and you will be in trouble with your heart. As a general guide, try to avoid overly processed foods. Farmhouse cheese is a natural food!