Topped on pizza, drizzled on nachos and placed on crackers, cheese has become a staple in the American diet. Unfortunately, there are downsides to adding this popular ingredient to your snacks and meals.
Let’s Cut to the Cheese
Though flavorful, consuming cheese – much like consuming any dairy product – can have detrimental effects on our health. Let’s take a look:
- Cheese contributes to large amounts of fat and cholesterol in your diet. If you’re consuming too much fat or cholesterol, it can lead to weight gain, heart disease, as well as some forms of cancer.
- Cheese also contains high amounts of sodium. Too much sodium can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Cheese is high in calories, thus eating too much can contribute to obesity.
Cashing in on the Cashews
In place of conventional cheese, there are many plant-based, dairy-free alternatives, like cashew cheese. Made from cashews, cashew cheese won’t leave with you the health risks that traditional cheese does. Instead, it will enhance your health in the following ways (via Dr. Mercola) :
- Good source of magnesium. This mineral have been found to reduce the frequency of migraines, improve cognitive ability, and lower blood pressure, which can prevent heart attacks.
- Cashews are also rich in copper, which contain antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage.
- Together, magnesium and copper contribute to bone health.
- Unlike traditional cheeses, cashews contain zero cholesterol. In addition, the fat content found in cashews is of the healthy kind.
The best part is, making your own cashew cheese is extremely easy. You’ll save money by making large amounts of cheese right in your own home rather than emptying your wallet for a small block of sharp cheddar.
Dairy-Free Zucchini Lasagne with Cashew Cheese