10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Blue Cheese

Delicious and nutritious, this flavorful, creamy cheese is a must-have for your diet.

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Blue cheese is one of the types of cheese known for its pungent smell and tangy flavor. Originally from France, blue cheese is made from the Penicillium Roqueforti bacterium, which gives it the characteristic blue spots and veins. Rich in calcium and several other minerals, blue cheese benefits your health in many ways, making it a necessary addition to your diet. In this article, we take a look at some of the benefits of blue cheese and its nutritional value.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Blue Cheese

What Is It?
One of the types of cheese known for its pungent smell and tangy flavor.

What Are Its Benefits?
May enhance memory, boost immunity, and improve heart health.

Who Can Consume It?
It is safe to consume in moderation for all adults except people taking medications such as anti-depressants, anti-Parkinson’s, and antibiotics.

How Often?
It can be consumed daily in moderation.

Caution
Avoid consuming blue cheese if you are prone to headache or migraine.

What Is Blue Cheese?

As the name suggests, blue cheese is a blue-green colored mold cheese. The blue molds present in the veins of cheese are because of the presence of bacteria that start aging, thereby imparting the cheese its characteristic blue shade (1). The presence of gut-friendly bacteria makes it one of the natural probiotics like yogurt, which is considered good for digestive health.

There are various types of blue cheese, such as Roquefort, Danablu, Gorgonzola and Blue Stilton. It is low in calories and is full of nutrients that are essential for our body. Cheese pairing is common, as is eating it as an appetizer, snack option or using it as a salad topping.

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The Danablu and Cambozola cheese originated during the 20th century to fill the rising demand for Roquefort-style cheese that was not readily available due to either cost or political reasons.

There are different types of blue cheese you can include in your diet. Learn more about them in the next section.

Types Of Blue Cheese

  1.  Roquefort: French blue cheese made from raw sheep’s milk that has a strong, tangy flavor.
  2. Gorgonzola: Italian cheese made from cow’s milk and has a distinct blue-green marbling with a rich, creamy texture.
  3. Stilton: Classic English blue cheese made from cow’s milk that is rich and crumbly with a sharp, earthy flavor.
  4. Danish Blue: Danish cheese is made from cow’s milk and has a mild bitter taste and a creamy texture.
  5. Cabrales: Spanish blue cheese made from cow, sheep, and/or goat’s milk that has a strong, piquant flavor with a crumbly texture.

Blue cheese can improve your health in various ways. Find out more in the next section.

Benefits Of Blue Cheese

So, is blue cheese good for you? As stated above, blue cheese can be beneficial for our health in several ways. Below are 10 benefits of blue cheese. Check them out!

1. May Promote Heart Health

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Addition of blue cheese in your diet may help in lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that people who consume blue cheese regularly have a lower risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases than their counterparts who do not consume it. Blue cheese lowers cholesterol levels and prevents arterial inflammation and and blood clotting in veins or arteries (2) .

2. Fights Arthritis

As we start aging, more health issues are experienced by us, arthritis being one of them. Blue cheese possesses anti-inflammatory properties that may help in reducing joint inflammation and relieving arthritis pain (2). Addition of blue cheese in your diet plan lowers the risk of arthritis and also helps in combating it.

3. May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Blue cheese prevents osteoporosis
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Osteoporosis is a condition when bones become so weak that they may tend to fracture even by a mild fall. It is more common in women than men. For healthy eating, you can include blue cheese in your diet as it is a very good source of calcium that is important for bone health. One ounce of blue cheese has about 150 milligrams of calcium. Thus, consumption of blue cheese paired with foods rich in calcium and vitamin D can make your bones healthy and possibly prevent diseases like osteoporosis (3).

4. May Enhance Memory

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Blue cheese may help in enhancing memory and fight memory problems. A 2018 study has shown that the peptides, fatty acids, and lactic acid bacteria present in fermented dairy products may help improve cognitive function and (4). So start adding blue cheese to your kids’ diet to improve his memory!

5. Is A Good Source Of Phosphorus

Blue cheese is a very good source of phosphorus (5). This mineral is very important for healthy bones and teeth. Deficiency of phosphorus can lead to bone related problems like rickets. Apart from healthy bones and teeth, phosphorus also performs many vital functions in the body.

6. Contains Milk Protein

Blue cheese contains milk protein, so those who can’t drink milk directly due to lactose sensitivity can go for blue cheese to get the required protein (5). However, please note that blue cheese is not completely lactose-free, just low in lactose.

7. Promotes Dental Health

Blue cheese for dental health
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One of the less talked about benefits of blue cheese. Blue cheese is dental friendly. Presence of a good amount of calcium makes it good for your teeth (5). Consumption of blue cheese helps in preventing and fighting plaque and tooth decay.

8. Boosts Immune System

Studies have shown that blue cheese consumption boosts the immune system. Blue cheese can provide a number of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K2 and antioxidant (4). In other words, it plays an important role in preventing diseases by providing us with a strong immune system.

9. Anti-Cellulite

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Blue cheese contains anti-cellulite properties. Thus, it prevents fats from accumulating in the form of cellulitis, thus helping in weight management.

10. Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is a major problem plaguing most of us today, and if ignored, can turn serious and even fatal. Blue cheese has got anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it helps in fighting various inflammatory problems in our body (2). Hence, include this highly beneficial gourmet cheese in your diet today and say goodbye to inflammation!

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You can eat it by itself or spread it on crackers. Blue cheese goes well with dried fruits, figs, bread, roasted almonds, and red wine.

So, this was about the amazing health benefits of blue cheese. Now let’s look into the nutritional value of blue cheese.

Blue Cheese Nutrition Facts (amount per 28 gm)

The nutritional breakdown for 1 ounce (28 grams) of blue cheese, according to the U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA), is given below (5):

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 8.14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.663 g
  • Cholesterol: 21.3 mg
  • Protein: 6.07 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugars: 0 g
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Calcium: 150 mg
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Phosphorous: 110 mg
  • Potassium: 72.6 mg

Infographic: Top 5 Benefits Of Blue Cheese For Your Bones And Teeth

Although blue cheese is revered for its characteristic flavor and aroma, its nutritional value can also make it the star of the show. Blue cheese, just like any other dairy product, is packed with calcium which makes it beneficial for those looking for healthy, natural options to boost their bone health.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the health benefits of cheese for your bones and teeth as well.

top 4 benefits of blue cheese for your bones and teeth (infographic)

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Blue cheese is a pungent, tangy, creamy dairy product popular in many cuisines. A native of France, it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fats that promote health. Blue cheese benefits health in many ways. It promotes heart, bone, and dental health. It may help boost the immune system, relieve arthritis pain, and reduce inflammation. It is good for your cognitive function as well. So, enjoy the savory flavor packed with healthy cheese nutrition. However, excess intake may cause allergies or lactose intolerance. You should limit its use and consult a doctor if you experience any adverse reactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is blue cheese harmful?

Blue cheese is safe to consume. However, consuming spoiled blue cheese or its overconsumption may lead to food poisoning or other health complications.

Is blue cheese a natural antibiotic?

No. Even though blue cheese contains antimicrobial compounds, it does not contain antibiotics that can be used medically (2).

Does blue cheese help gut bacteria?

Maybe. Even though blue cheese is a fermented product that may contain live microbes, research on its ability to help gut bacteria is lacking (6).

Is blue cheese good for high blood pressure?

Maybe not. While the role of dairy product consumption on the risk of hypertension is not established yet, blue cheese has high sodium levels that may be detrimental to people with high blood pressure (7),(8).

Does blue cheese have penicillin?

No. The antibiotic penicillin is derived from a fungus called Penicillium chrysogenum. Blue cheese is made with a different strain (P. roqueforti).

Key Takeaways

  • Blue cheese is renowned for its strong aroma and tart flavor is blue cheese.
  • Due to its high calcium content, blue cheese may help reduce arthritis pain, and joint inflammation, and prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
  • It may improve memory and fight memory problems.
  • Those who are lactose intolerant benefit from its ability to maintain strong bones and teeth.
  • Blue cheese may help strengthen the immune system as it consists of vitamins and minerals
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Curious about the benefits of blue cheese? Check out this video to explore the nutritional advantages and unique flavors of this delectable cheese variety.

References

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  1. FAQ: Microbes Make the Cheese
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK562892/
  2. Roquefort Cheese Proteins Inhibit Chlamydia pneumoniae Propagation and LPS-Induced Leukocyte Migration
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC3655667/
  3. Healthy bones – Activity and nutrition
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC2795621/
  4. Preventive Effects of Dairy Products on Dementia and the Underlying Mechanisms
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6073537/
  5. Cheese, blue
    https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172175/nutrients
  6.  Fermented Foods, Health and the Gut Microbiome
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9003261/
  7. Dairy product consumption and hypertension risk in a prospective French cohort of women
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7003316/
  8. Cross-sectional survey of salt content in cheese: a major contributor to salt intake in the UK
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4139634/
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Gabrielle Kane

Gabrielle KaneMS, RDN, CSP, LD

Gabby is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 11 years of experience. She is also the founder of Peak Performance Nutrition LLC in Houston, Texas. She coaches both adults and children to their peak health using the power of sustainable lifestyle change. In addition to a BA in Nutrition and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, she also has a Master's...read full bio

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