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9 surprising health benefits of cheese

9 surprising health benefits of cheese’s easy to lump in cheese with cake, bread, and other waistline offenders. Not so fast, though: Although some dairy products might pack on pounds, many cheeses are actually good for you in moderation, as part of a balanced diet. (Read: This isn’t permission to eat a wedge of cheese for lunch, with a chaser of cheesecake.) Here are a few tasty morsels of information from nutritionist Karen Ansel, R.D.N., coauthor of Healthy in a Hurry: Simple, Wholesome Recipes for Every Meal of the Day; her insights will help you indulge in all the right ways.

1.) Cheese can help you stay slim
2.) Cheese may help prevent cancer
3.) Cheese is whey good for building muscle
4.) Cheese is good for your bones
5.) Cheese is good for your teeth, too
6.) Cheese could ward off diabetes
7.) Cheese is a healthy complement to your meal
8.) Even the lactose-intolerant can eat certain cheeses
9.) It’s the best comfort food— no debate