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Living Without Cheese - Nutrition

The numbers will shock you! Studies show each year each person consumes 37 pounds of cheese! “The biggest things with cheese is that really it’s one of the biggest sources of saturated fat that we take in, and when we have too much-saturated fat and total fat period, that’s going to increase our risk for heart disease,” said Erika Graziani, nutrition program coordinator with Lee Health. The high level of sodium, fat, and calories in cheese puts patients at risk for obesity and heart disease. But health experts say, those aren’t the only health concerns you need to know about. “The physician’s committee for responsible medicine, they actually did a petition to the FDA to require a breast cancer warning label on cheese. It says that dairy cheese contains reproductive hormones that may increase breast cancer mortality risk,” she said. But in spite of these warnings—many find cheese too irresistible to quit. “There is life without cheese, and there are several ways that you can do plant-based cheese for sauces and things that are very cheese-like,” Graziani said. There are many alternative recipes for cheese. “There are a lot of these cheese sauces that are made from a base of carrots and potatoes and the use of nutritional yeast or cashews or something like that in there,” she said. But if you can’t resist—she recommends using moderation. Cutting back on your cheese intake can have many benefits and lower your risk for health concerns. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org