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It’s difficult to separate France and cheese. One does not go without the other. France is also among the countries that most appreciate tasting this product. Each year, the French consume no less than 26 kg per capita.

But like all good things, you shouldn’t overdo it. And especially if we want to preserve our heart. This is what American cardiologist Cheng-Han Chen explained in the columns of the media Parade (and relayed by Yahoo). The specialist explains that “certain foods such as cheese are high in saturated fat and sodium and may therefore increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.” So which cheeses should you choose if you want to take care of your palpitant? Here is the cardiologist’s response.

“It is best to avoid or at least minimize the consumption of heavily processed and manufactured cheeses,” says Dr. Cheng-Han Chen.

Indeed, certain cheeses tend to be too rich in saturated fats as well as sodium. It is therefore preferable to compensate with other foods rich in calcium and protein “especially consuming lean meats, while calcium can be found in foods such as yogurt, beans and leafy green vegetables” and avoid processed cheeses to protect your heart.

We are talking in particular about hard cheeses but also blue cheeses which can be rich in sodium or even highly processed slices of cheddar. If you have any doubt, check the composition of these products.

Conversely, certain types of cheese are preferred. Indeed, there is no point in depriving yourself of cheese. It is simply necessary to select the right ones. For this, as the specialist indicated: “The cheese one chooses to consume should not be too high in saturated fat and sodium and should be consumed in moderation.”

The specialist thus mentions mozzarella as an example, “due to its low sodium and saturated fat content.” According to the nutritional composition table of Ciqual foods, for 100 g of cow’s milk mozzarella we find 240 mg of sodium, 11.7 g of saturated fatty acids and 16.5 g of protein. Buffalo milk mozzarella is a little richer in saturated fatty acids (15g), but less in sodium (197g) and proteins (14.3g). In comparison, 100 g of Camembert contains 579 mg of sodium, 15.8 g of saturated fatty acids and 19.5 g of protein.

However, it is always important to check the composition of mozzarella since the sodium content, for example, can vary from one brand to another.


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