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Signs you’re overeating cheese

Do you think you’re eating too much cheese will give you weird dreams, or are you worried about cholesterol or weight gain? Of course, overeating cheese isn’t good for you. We all know that you should eat everything in moderation, but any dairy product is bad for you because they’re packed with saturated fats. Eating too many dairy products can lead to type 2 diabetes, and studies have also linked dairy to an increased risk of developing prostate, ovarian and breast cancer. Cheese is high in fat, sodium and calories. It’s also an excellent source of protein, calcium and several other nutrients.

High blood pressure

It’s easy to eat too much cheese. Just think about the dishes that are served with it. Everything from a burger to a pizza to cauliflower cheese and lasagne and cheesecake contains it. As cheese is high in sodium, high blood pressure can be a symptom of eating too much of it. If you’re consuming more than 2,300 milligrams a day, you’re above the recommended limit. An ouch of feta cheese contains 360 mg. That’s 15 per cent of the daily recommended maximum. At the other end of the scale is Grana Padano. This Italian semi-fat cheese can lower blood pressure.

Weight gain

If you eat more calories than you burn, you put weight on. Anyone who indulges their love of cheese will pay the price on their waistline if they’re not too careful. Most cheeses have a high-calorie count because of their fat content. One gram of carbohydrate contains four calories. It’s the same with protein, but when you eat a gram of fat, you’re taking in nine calories. If you eat an ounce of brie, you’ll consume 100 calories and nine grams of fat. Cheddar’s worse for you. It’s packed with 120 calories and 10 grams of fat per ounce. Mozzarella’s better for you, but only a little as an ounce has 85 calories and 6 grams of fat.

Always gassy

If you struggle with gas, that might be the cheese. Excessive gas is never a normal part of the digestive process. It’s always a sign that your food has not digested correctly. If you’re not lactose intolerance, you can still have the symptoms. Cheese can produce temporary lactose intolerance side effects if you eat too much of it too quickly. That’s because the body doesn’t produce lactase fast enough, which leads to gastrointestinal discomfort.

Heartburn

Do you get heartburn? If you get it frequently, it might be a sign you’re eating too much cheese. Eating cheese triggers your body to release the cholecystokinin hormone. When you eat food that contains fat and protein, your cells in the small intestine secrete cholecystokinin. This signals the pancreas to release digestive enzymes, and it makes your liver release bile. Both of these break down the fat and protein, but they also make it easy for stomach acid to flow into the oesophagus, which causes heartburn.

Migraine

If you have histamine intolerance, cheese can help bring on headaches and migraines. Aged cheese is the worst culprit. Our bodies create an enzyme to break down tyramine, which is a substance that’s found in aged and fermented foods. If the body doesn’t produce enough, tyramine can build up. It’s the build-up of tyramine that causes headaches and migraines.

Healthy amount

We know how much is too much, but what’s the recommended daily intake? Current research suggests 40 grams, which is 1.41 ounces, is enough to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Eating a small amount of cheese per day can help your heart. It’s a great source of protein and calcium. It also has zinc, and vitamins A and B-12, so don’t cut out the cheese altogether. Just eat in moderation, and you’ll be fine.

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