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Arguably, one of the other most tempting foods, next to chocolates, is cheese! With over hundreds of varieties known and produced in the world today, there must be at least one type that you love. Cheese can be eaten along with, literally, all foods, right from bread, pasta, to wine and crackers! There are several health benefits associated with certain types of cheese, like the Gouda.

What is Gouda Cheese

Next to cheddar and Mozzarella, Gouda is one of the most popular cheeses all over the world. Gouda is a city in Holland (Netherlands) and the cheese is named after it. As the name has not been protected under the law, it is used all over the world and the cheese is called 'Gouda' all over. However, if you are looking for the original version, you should look for the Gouda Holland. Along with Holland, it is produced in several other countries, including the US. It made from cow's milk, and hence, has a specific yellow color. The time required for making this cheese can be 1-7 years. It is sweet-salty to taste, and is usually available in rounded or wheel form. Although it is not a strong cheese, it develops a sharp taste as it ages. It is brittle and may have salt like crystals in it (in aged cheese) which makes it difficult to slice. The cheese is gaining popularity due to the numerous health benefits associated with it.

Health Benefits

According to nutrition facts, Gouda is one of the richest sources of calcium, and is easily absorbed in the body. Along with calcium, it also contains zinc, phosphorus, vitamins A, B2, and B12, which are essential to carry out several functions in the body.
  • As Gouda cheese contains large amounts of calcium, one can fulfill the daily calcium requirement by having a small piece of this cheese every day.
  • The calcium content in the cheese also helps in strengthening bones and prevention of diseases like osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Calcium is also essential for proper absorption of other vitamins and minerals in the body. Therefore, having Gouda cheese can indirectly help in gaining benefits of other minerals.
  • Certain cheeses like Monterey Jack, aged cheddar, and Gouda have been proven to help in tooth decay and cavity. The calcium content in Gouda also helps in having strong teeth. It is advised to have a small piece of cheese after meals.
  • It contains a live probiotic that helps in strengthening the immune system of the body and warding off infectious diseases.
  • Gouda cheese also contains Sphingolipids that are believed to help in the prevention of cancer.
  • Last, but not the least, Gouda cheese is also a good source of protein. Proteins are essential for building and repairing tissues in body, and also to provide energy.
It is also necessary to mention here that although there are numerous benefits, Gouda is also high in sodium and fats, and hence, it is wise to limit its intake. Obese people and those suffering from high blood pressure should avoid consuming cheese. It is advisable to go for the low-fat versions to gain maximum benefits. Take care!