Cheese in Bangladesh: Why and Where to Find?

2021-05-07 18:54:37 | 0 comment(s)

Cheese in Bangladesh: Why and Where to Find?


In Bangladesh, where Biryani can be considered as the champion of Bangladeshi cuisine, the popularity of cheese is proving to be a tough competition in the race. It is needless to say how much we love cheese. Infact the word ‘cheese’ itself is enough to make someone happy. May be that’s why people say ‘Cheese’ at the time of taking a photo.

The use of cheese is manifold in our Bangladeshi cuisine. Like ‘pizza and cheese’ are inseparable- burgers, sandwiches, fries, pastas are also becoming unimaginable without cheese day by day. The food item has become so desirable to Bangladeshi people, that there is a whole new restaurant called “Cheez”.

Like its usage, the health benefits of cheese are also manifold. In Bangladesh, there is a misconception that cheese is harmful as it causes obesity and a lot of health-related risks. To their surprise, cheese actually possesses a lot of health benefits than risks depending on their types and amount taken.

So, what are the health benefits? Cheese comes from milk, so inherently cheese is a great source of calcium. Besides it contains protein, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A, D, and K- all these contributes to good bone development in children and young adults and help prevent osteoporosis (Ware, RDN, & L.D., 2017).

A study done by dental professionals showed that eating cheese might help to prevent dental cavities.Eating cheese can raise the pH level in dental plaque, offering protection against dental cavities (Ware, RDN, & L.D., 2017).

Cheese has great protein content that is responsible for the formation and protection of body, enabling a strong immune system, healthy hair and proper fluid balance in your body. Many cheeses are high in Vitamin B12 which is the largest and most complex vitamin discovered tot his day. It aids in the production of red blood cells, protein, and DNA, as well as promotes many mental health functions. Many cheeses provide an excellent source of natural vitamin B-12. Amongst all cheeses, Swiss has been found to have the highest B-12 content (Miller, 2017).

Conjugated linoleic acid or CLA is an essential supplement that has been promoted as an aid to weight loss and muscle building and as a deterrent to heart disease, diabetes and cancer (Stöppler & MD, 2021). Cheese (and other high-fat dairy products, like whole milk and butter) from 100-percent grass-fed animals contains more CLA. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, may have an even clearer positive effect on cardiovascular health (Schaefer, 2018).

Besides, cheese can help prevent hypertension by lowering blood pressure and promote healthy blood vessels. The calcium content in cheese can potentially help prevent common cancers, like colorectal (Miller, 2017). Some cheese contains Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to benefit the cardiovascular system and the brain (Ware, RDN, & L.D., 2017).

Yes, Cheese consumption has a lot of health benefits, but it can’t be denied that it possesses some risks as well. A person with a lactose intolerance may experience bloating, flatulence, or diarrhea by consuming soft, fresh cheeses, such as mozzarella (Ware, RDN, & L.D., 2017). Phosphorus is present in high quantities in some cheeses which can be harmful to those with a kidney disorder. Cheese is a great source of protein and calcium but is often high in saturated fat and salt. This means eating too much could lead to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (Heart Matters, 2021). Excessive intake of cheese may cause constipation as it contains no fiber. Lastly cheese containing high level of saturated fat such as- Halloumi, Parmesan, Cheddar has the tendency to increase calories leading to weight gain.  

Not all cheese is of good quality. It is important to use good quality raw materials to create a good cheese. Also, it is important to keep the sodium and saturated fat content low to facilitate the beneficial contents of the cheese. Unfortunately, when dairy is pasteurized with high heat, some beneficial compounds — such as good bacteria and enzymes — are significantly reduced (Ware, RDN, & L.D., 2017). Report shows, the use of estrogen and other steroid hormones in dairy production disrupts the endocrine system and increases the risk of cancer. So where do we get good cheese in Bangladesh?

Almarai cheese is one the top global producers of cheese in the world. Due to its reputation and Saudi Arabian origin, it has undoubtedly become the number one choice of cheese in Bangladesh. Azoka.com.bd is a recently launched online retail store that sells popular foreign brands of food items. At Azoka, you can get authentic, original and fresh cheese brands such as- Almarai, Kraft Foods, Philadelphia. Popular Australian cheese brand ‘Melbourne’ is also available at Azoka.com.bd. Indian brands such as Amul, Kissan are also popular here. It is very important to buy good quality cheese. These international brands have top notch quality testing unit that ensure health contents in the cheese making process.

Besides these international brands, we have our own cheese brands that are not only good in quality but also cheaper in terms of price. Aarong Dairy introduced five variants of cheese in the market – sliced, spread, cubes, Austagram, and shredded mozzarella. For their taste and quality, these cheeses have become popular amongst the consumers (Das, 2019). Pran, Goodlife, Hazrat Ali are some other popular local cheese brands.

So, cheese is not all bad, isn’t it? There is no wrong in grabbing the right cheese and having it at the right proportion. So next time don’t feel guilty eating a slice of cheese with your favorite sandwich.

 

 

 

 

References

Das, T. (2019, November 27). The popular Aarong cheese. Retrieved from The Business Standard: //www.tbsnews.net/feature/food/popular-aarong-cheese

Heart Matters. (2021). 7 cheese facts that will surprise you. Retrieved from Heart Matters: //www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/nutrition/cheese

Miller, J. (2017, April 29). 15 Health Benefits of Cheese, According to Science (+8 Delicious Recipes). Retrieved from Jen Reviews: //www.jenreviews.com/cheese/

Schaefer, A. (2018, December 10). Is Cheese Bad for You? Retrieved from Health Line: //www.healthline.com/health/is-cheese-bad-for-you

Stöppler, M. C., & MD. (2021, March 29). Medical Definition of Conjugated linoleic acid. Retrieved from Medicine Net: //www.medicinenet.com/conjugated_linoleic_acid/definition.htm

Ware, M., RDN, & L.D. (2017, September 13). Is cheese good or bad for you? Retrieved from Medical News Today: //www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/299147#the-bottom-line

 

 

 

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