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Feta: The Healthiest Cheese in the World. 5 Benefits of Feta.
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Monday 20 Dec 2021
1. Digestion

Many people suffer from lactose intolerance, a sugar found in cow's milk, meaning they have difficulty digesting it. Some cannot digest the proteins in cow's milk products. Sheep and goat milk, from which feta is made off, contains less lactose than cow's milk. Additionally, the sugars dissolve during brewing.

2. Vitamin B6 and histidine

Histidine is an important amino acid found in Feta and is essential for protecting nerve cells, producing red blood cells, and protecting tissues from radiation and heavy metal damage. It is metabolized into the neurotransmitters histamine and carnosine, which are involved in immune function, digestion and contribute to proper muscle, brain and sexual function.
Histidine has antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory by nature. Therefore, histidine therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and psychiatric disorders is very effective. Carnosine, on the other hand, reduces muscle fatigue and improves muscle function.
Vitamin B6 is actually an array of over a hundred enzymes. Histidine needs vitamin B6 to synthesize histamine and carnosine. Since both are found in feta, feta automatically becomes a rich source of nutrients.

3. High amount of proteins

Protein is important for muscle recovery and building. It is also essential for the structure, function and regulation of organs and tissues. Proteins are of various kinds. It is important to have a sufficient and balanced amount at each meal. Certain animal proteins have an additional beneficial effect, having a positive effect on the prevention of type 2 diabetes:
Among the various types of animal protein foods, higher intakes of dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and whey protein) show a consistent, beneficial effect on glucose regulation and/or reducing the risk of developing diabetes. T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus).
Studies show that dairy proteins have stronger effects on insulin and incretin secretion compared to other commonly consumed animal proteins. In addition to their protein components, such as insulinogenic amino acids and bioactive peptides, dairy products also contain a nutritional complex of substances rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, trans-palmitoleic fatty acids and low glycemic index sugars – substances that have been shown to have beneficial effects on glucose control, insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity and/or T2DM.

With minimal sugar content, Feta provides 14 delicious grams of protein in a 100g serving.

4. Calcium and bone health.

As we know, calcium is essential for the healthy condition of bones and teeth. About 99% of the calcium in our body is found in our bones and teeth. What may not be known is that calcium plays an important role in transporting oxygen between cells, blood clotting, muscle function and neurotransmission.
Calcium is an essential nutrient, so our body must get it from food in case it is deficient. We lose calcium and other minerals through urine, feces, sweat, nails and skin. Consequently, calcium must be constantly replenished Many people do not get enough calcium on a regular basis, so the body will take what it needs from the bones, causing them to weaken over time.

Thirty grams of Feta contains 14% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. Feta also contains a significant amount of vitamin D, a nutrient essential for calcium absorption.

5. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is more than an essential nutrient; it is important for vision, healthy skin, immune function, organ formation, reproduction and communication between cells. Generally, vitamin A is responsible for the differentiation of every cell in the body. Feta contains a tasty dose of this fat-soluble vitamin. The healthy fat in the Feta helps absorb Vitamin A.
All things in moderation!
Because Feta is one of the most nutritious cheeses available, it should not be consumed in large quantities. Feta contains a large amount of sodium, while the amount of salt may lead to hypertension and potassium deficiency. The fat in the Feta is good for the brain, but the high amount of saturated fat puts a strain on the circulatory system.

So Feta it is!

- Sissy Nika- Journalist, Nutrition specialist
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