Your partner in wine might not be as bad as you think
Swiss cheese might actually be a superfood.
Researchers in South Korea found a specific probiotic in Swiss cheese called propionibacterium freudenreichii (expialidocious), a healthy bacteria that nourishes and protects cells of the gut and intestinal from many of the damages caused by your daily diet, according to Metro.
Propionibacterium is said to have anti-inflammatory properties like blueberries and kale. It also helps deter hazardous chemicals digested in our diet from gaining access to the body that contribute to diseases like high blood sugar and high cholesterol. A one-ounce serving of Swiss cheese has 8 grams of protein, and it’s lower in fat and sodium compared to cheddar. It’s also high in calcium, making it optimal for bone health.
Superfoods, an estimated $130 billion industry, are any nutrient rich food that packs large doses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals — and, spoiler alert, they typically don’t taste amazing. (We’re looking at you, kale!) But eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease and even prolong life. The curly leafy green kale is the king of superfoods, everywhere from T-shirts to $14 salad bowls, in addition to other superfood sources like quinoa, chia seeds, salmon, spinach and a green algae called spirulina that people are actually putting in lattes.
So when something is dubbed a “superfood” people start adding it to just about everything — dog food, donuts — and sales soar. When Brussels sprouts were deemed the “new kale” last year sales of the green veggie spiked up 43% and they saturated menus in a not-so-healthy way wrapped in bacon and served in cheesy casseroles. And of course veteran superfood kale has seen dramatic sales growth in the past decade with production increasing nearly 60% between 2007 and 2012, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.
But eating a superfood doesn’t mean supersized portions — so nutritionists recommend adding a slice of Swiss here and there to a sandwich or eating it shredded over a salad. A small amount goes a long way since its bold flavor can liven up just about any bland healthy food — or a hearty bowl of pasta.
If you want a little wine to go along with that cheese, we hear it makes you live longer, too.
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