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Roquefort cheese benefits

Roquefort cheese is one of the most famous varieties of blue cheese, that is aged or ripened in the caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. This delightfully creamy cheese with veins of green mold have several health benefits, which are discussed in this article.

Roquefort cheese benefits
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Before the discovery of penicillin, Roquefort cheese was applied on open wounds by shepherds to prevent infections and gangrene.Roquefort cheese is a type of blue cheese, which is slightly moist and crumbly with distinctive veins of emerald green mold. This cheese is considered to be a culinary delight for its rich creamy texture and sharp, tangy flavor. In France, it is called ‘the cheese of kings and popes’. Only cheese ripened in the Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon can bear the name Roquefort cheese, though similar types of blue cheese are produced in other places too.

Roquefort cheese gets its distinctive taste and flavor from the presence of the fungus Penicillium roqueforti, which can be found in the soil of these caves. Traditionally, cheesemakers used to leave bread in the caves of Roquefort for about 6 to 8 weeks to promote the growth of Penicillium roqueforti. The interior of the bread was then dried and crushed to produce a powder that was used in making this special blue cheese. But now this mold can be grown in the laboratory as well. Today, Roquefort cheese is a recognized geographical indication and the AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) has laid down several requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to consider a blue cheese as Roquefort.

Roquefort Cheese Health Benefits

Blue cheese varieties like Roquefort is healthy, and much of its health benefits can be attributed to its rich nutritional profile and the presence of the Penicillium roqueforti fungus. Roquefort cheese is produced from sheep milk; typically the milk of the Lacaune breed is used. The following are some of the most noteworthy blue cheese health benefits.

Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

‘French paradox’ is a term used for the observation that French people have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular diseases, despite indulging in a diet rich in saturated fats. Earlier, only red wine was believed to be associated with this paradox. But today, many scientists are of the opinion that Roquefort and other types of fermented cheese may help explain the famous ‘French paradox’. This is because blue cheese varieties like Roquefort possess anti-inflammatory properties that can provide protection against cardiovascular diseases.

Regular consumption of blue cheese is believed to be the reason why the French enjoy better health as compared to other Europeans. Further, it has been observed that the anti-inflammatory properties of Roquefort cheese is enhanced in an acidic environment, such as in the surface of the skin and the lining of the stomach. Recently, some peptides isolated from the cheese were found to inhibit the ‘angiotensin-converting enzyme’ (ACE) just like ACE inhibitors used in the treatment of hypertension. Penicillium roqueforti can also fight harmful bacteria and promote gut health.

Provides Relief from Arthritis

As mentioned already, Roquefort cheese has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help ease the inflammation of joints. So, this cheese can provide relief from inflammatory conditions like arthritis and gout.

Helps in Weight Management

If consumed as a part of a well-rounded nutrition plan, blue cheese like Roquefort can help in losing weight. Cheese contains high amounts of proteins, which can help you feel satiated quickly and reduce your total calorie intake. Roquefort cheese can help you feel full for longer, and thus reduce the tendency to snack on unhealthy and high-calorie foods.

Slows Down the Aging Process

Blue cheese like Roquefort can help prevent the formation of cellulite, which gives the skin a cottage cheese-like appearance or texture. Cellulite is caused by the deposition of fat below the skin, and women are more susceptible to this condition. Roquefort cheese and other fermented or ripened cheese may help slow down the signs of aging, like wrinkles and cellulite formation.

Promotes Bone Health

Dairy products are a very good source of calcium that is required for strong bones and teeth. In postmenopausal women, a deficiency of calcium can cause osteoporosis, which is characterized by a reduction in bone mineral density and fragile bones. Calcium rich foods like Roquefort cheese can help prevent this disease.

Provides Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Blue cheese can provide a number of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin D, potassium, sodium, and zinc. All these vitamins and minerals are crucial for the smooth operation of various biochemical processes of the body.

Promotes Health and Longevity

The beneficial effects of Roquefort are mainly attributed to the process of cheese ripening. As cheese ripens, the mold present in it produces some compounds that can promote health and increase longevity. It has been observed that the French consume fermented or ripened cheese regularly and they are much healthier than other Europeans. In fact, French women have the longest life expectancy in Europe.

Sheep milk has less saturated fats and cholesterol, but more vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, and phosphorus as compared to cow’s milk. This is the reason why Roquefort cheese is considered much healthier than cheese made from cow’s milk. Roquefort cheese is not only healthy, but is highly valued for its unique taste and flavor as well. Though this cheese is available all year round, the best time to enjoy it is from April to October.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/health-benefits-of-roquefort-cheese.html

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Diet soft drinks ‘linked’ to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths, doctors say

 

Diet soft drinks ‘linked’ to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths, doctors say

 

People who regularly have two or more diet soft drinks a day could be up to 50 per cent more likely to die from heart disease, a new study has shown.

Artificially sweetened fizzy drinks, though marketed as a viable healthy alternative, were linked to a host of health problems including strokes and heart attacks.

Compared to those who never or rarely consume the drinks, regular users were 30 per cent more likely to suffer what was described as a “cardiovascular event”.

Experts analysed the diet drink intake of almost 60,000 participants in the women’s health iInitiative, a long-running US study looking at cardiovascular health among middle-aged women. (more…)

Artificial Sweeteners Could Be Sabotaging Your Diet

http://www.forzabykemp.com/wp-content/uploads/Artificial-sweetener.jpgTHERE’S NO DOUBT about it. Artificial sweeteners cause obesity.

I always thought it was funny to see a very large person order a Big Mac, large fries — and top it off with a Diet Coke. I also found it peculiar that I rarely saw thin people drinking diet sodas. So I began to wonder if there could be a link between diet beverages or artificial sweeteners and obesity. As I began to explore this notion, I discovered a number of different research findings that pointed to this very phenomenon. (more…)

Aspartame Makes You Gain Weight

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You want to lose weight, so you start trying to cut calories. The most obvious starting place seems to be switching from high-calorie foods with sugar to foods with zero calorie sweeteners, like aspartame. Better known by brand names, such as Equal, NutraSweet, and Spoonful, aspartame seems like a no-brainer. Fewer calories equals weight loss, right?

In fact, study after study has shown just the opposite. Aspartame and all other artificial sweeteners lead to weight gain, not weight loss. So, not only may aspartame be the most toxic additive to foods, instead of helping you lose weight, it actually makes it even tougher to lose it! (more…)

Patent confirms that aspartame is the excrement of GM bacteria

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In 1999, The Independent published an article entitled “World’s top sweetener is made with GM bacteria,” which revealed that Monsanto was knowingly adding aspartame to soft drinks in the United States – and that aspartame is made from GM bacteria. This report, which remains one of the earliest disclosures on aspartame in a mainstream newspaper, received little attention after its publication – possibly because its implications were underestimated at the time – and it has long been forgotten. (more…)

Top U.S. Brand of Children’s Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs & Other Hazardous Chemicals

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By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The #1 Children’s Vitamin Brand in the US contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to. So why aren’t more opting for healthier alternatives?

Kids vitamins are supposed to be healthy, right? Well then, what’s going on with Flintstones Vitamins, which proudly claims to be “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice”? Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, this wildly successful brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:

How Cells from an Aborted Fetus are Used to Create Novel Flavor Enhancers

By Dr. Mercola

For several years anti-abortion advocates have been warning that a new technology for enhancing flavors such as sweetness and saltiness uses aborted fetal cells in the process.

The biotech company using this novel process, Senomyx, has signed contracts with Pepsi, Ajinomoto Co. (the maker of aspartame and meat glue), Nestlé and other food and beverage companies2 over the past several years.3

The primary goal for many of these processed food companies is to make foods and beverages tasty while reducing sugar and salt content.

While Senomyx refuses to disclose the details of the process, its patent applications indicate that part of the secret indeed involves the use of human kidney cells, known as HEK293, originating from an aborted baby.

It’s worth noting that no kidney cells, or part thereof, are actually IN the finished product.4 Rather they’re part of the process used to discern new flavors, which will be discussed below.

That said, to many, this is still “over the line.” Two years ago, anti-abortion groups launched boycott campaigns against Pepsi Co., urging them to reconsider using flavorings derived from a process involving the use of aborted embryonic kidney cells.

Whatever your personal convictions might be on the issue of using biological material from an aborted fetus, the issue of whether or not biotech-constructed flavor enhancers are safe or not remains…

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MSG & Aspartame Are the Two Leading Causes of Central Nervous System Damage in the United States

Excitotoxins, as they are appropriately named, are supposed to enhance flavor and excite your taste buds, but this “class” of chemicals overstimulate neuron receptors, which are what allow brain cells to communicate with each other. This causes a firing of impulses atsuch a rapid rate that they become completely exhausted, and several hours later, these depleted neurons die. This is true cell death, and the parts of the brain that are specifically targeted by excitotoxins are the hypothalamus and temporal lobes, which not only control behavior, emotions, and sleep cycles, but you guessed it, immunity. (http://experiencelife.com/article/excitotoxins/)


Aspartame and MSG stimulate the taste cells in the tongue, causing food flavor to be enhanced, especially in soups, snacks, sauces, gravies, low-fat processed foods, and now aspartame is found in 95 percent of breath mints and chewing gum, even when they’re not “sugar free.” If you regularly experience any or all of the following, it’s about time to question the amount of “excitotoxins” that are swimming through your heart and brain. Do you suffer from migraine headaches, inflammation, unwarranted weight gain, rashes and “crawling skin?” It may all be spurred by genetically modified flavor enhancers. (more…)

Study: Saccharin And Sugar Found More Addictive Than Cocaine

Sugar and Saccharin More Addictive Than Intravenous Cocaine?

Sugar and artificial sweeteners are so accessible, affordable and socially sanctioned, that few consider their habitual consumption to be a problem on the scale of say, addiction to cocaine.  But if recent research is correct their addictive potential could be even worse.

Almost 40 years ago, William Duffy published a book called Sugar Blues which argued that refined sugar is an addictive drug and profoundly damaging to health.  While over 1.6 million copies have been printed since its release in 1975, a common criticism of the book has been that it lacked sufficient scientific support. (more…)