My son loves cheese. Is it safe to give him a little?

  • Posted by Dr. Jay Gordon

I believe that eating cheese is worse than eating candy. I view it as the ultimate junk food. In fact, so-called “low-fat” cheese has one of the highest fat contents of anything in the supermarket! When your child gets a piece of cheese, you’re handing him the type of food that can ultimately close his arteries and increase his chances of getting intestinal cancer. In females, animal fat is indisputably linked to cancer of the cervix and breast.

While there are no-fat cheeses on the market now, they are often very bland. And, unfortunately, cheese made from soybean milk, like margarine, is one of a few vegetable products that’s very high in fat and salt.

I strongly recommend that you take cheese out of your diet. I want to make this point very clear. All cheese is made from milk. It can promote allergic reactions. It can begin the closure of the arteries due to the build-up of plaque. It has been related to the growth of colon tumors. Think of the health problems promoted by these chunks of flavored fat! I don’t advocate serving cheese to anyone.

The Truth About “Low-Fat” Cheese

Low fat cheeses are very popular, and we see more and more of them in the supermarkets. At first glance, the low-fat cheeses seem like a good answer. But if you compare the labels of a whole-milk cheese and its low fat knock-off, you’ll notice some disturbing facts.

Let’s take mozzarella, as an example. Three and a half ounces of whole-milk mozzarella has 318 calories and 25 grams of fat (16 grams of which are saturated). It also contains 415 mg of sodium. The same amount of low fat cheese, its supposedly healthier cousin (made from skim milk), has 280 calories, 17 grams of fat (11 grams of which are saturated), and a whopping 528 mg of sodium. That’s a lot of calories, fat and sodium for 3 ½ ounces of food!

My recommendation is: “Don’t eat cheese – whether it’s the regular or the low-fat variety!”

Please remember…..
Be gentle as you are making dietary improvements for your family. Some families do well with a drastic and complete change and some require a more gradual approach that leads them to a very occasional indulgence of a favorite food. Find what works for your family as you walk this path to improving your health by improving your foods.