Health Reasons You Can Use to Justify Your Holiday Cheese Habit

For many of us, cheese is more than just an occasional addition to a well-balanced meal. Sometimes, it is the meal — or at least a tasty treat on the regular. If you’ve got a cheese habit, which can sometimes intensify this time of the year, you’ll be happy to know there is plenty of nutritional justification for nibbling on your favorite cheeses during the holiday season.

Why cheese is A-OK

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult in the United States should consume three servings (approximately three cups) of dairy each day. While you can down three servings of milk every day and call it good, there are a few reasons eating cheese instead works in your favor as well. One of these reasons is that cheese is delish, but here are some nutrition facts that can bolster your habit.

Calcium

Rachel Fine, a registered dietitian and owner of To the Pointe Nutrition, says cheese, like all dairy foods, is chock-full of calcium. “Calcium is essential to both building and maintaining adequate bone mass,” she tells SheKnows.

Not only that, but a 2017 study in the European Journal of Nutrition found that the calcium in cheese means less of the saturated fatty acids in the food are absorbed into your body.