Thursday, December 17, 2009

Skinny Cheese

This just in: women who ate an ounce of full-fat cheese daily gained fewer pounds over time than their less-cheesy peers, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and reported in the December 2009 issue of Self Magazine.

So if I eat one ounce of cheese a day, I'll lose weight? Hmmm ... according to that theory, the more cheese I eat, the more weight I should lose, right? Kind of like my husband's theory that the more often he uses the same towel out of the shower, the cleaner it should get?

I wish.

Apparently, the study says that because whole dairy contains conjugated linoleic acid, it can speed up my metabolism. So, by eating a single-ounce portion (about the size of my thumb), every day, apparently I should look like a model.

If only it were that easy. Have you ever tried to just eat one ounce of cheese? It's literally like trying to reach in and eat a single chip from a big bag of Ruffles. Anyone who can do that is a better person than I. Meanwhile, I've been shipping pounds upon pounds of Wisconsin cheese left and right to friends around the country for the holidays. I don't think I'll include a copy of Self Magazine in my gift boxes.

5 comments:

Citrus Quark said...

thanks for the post - i like to think of cheese as health food too!

Amy said...

Excellent, Jeanne! Now I have a goal to shoot for this holiday season :)

Bill Anderson said...

Eat Fat, Lose Fat

Though the book focuses on another saturated fat (coconut oil), the publisher and authors are also major advocates of raw dairy from pastured animals.

Some may also recall Michael Pollen discussing the fallacy of the "lipid hypothesis" in his recent book In Defense of Food. Mary Enig, one of the co-authors of the above book, was one of the early critics of the lipid hypothesis, before Pollen brought this view into the mainstream.

erik said...

I see nothing so sinful with having cheese everyday. I like cheese and yes it makes me think that it helps my metabolism.
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MmmCheese Blog said...

Have you ever tried to just eat one ounce of cheese? It's literally like trying to reach in and eat a single chip from a big bag of Ruffles. Anyone who can do that is a better person than I.

Amen, sister! I totally agree. And I don't think that you have to limit yourself to just one ounce (gosh, I hope not), so long as you're smart and responsible about your overall diet and exercise habits. Yes, let's go with that, and keep on eating cheese!

-Mmm, Cheese! (http://mmmcheese.com)