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The older we get, the more important calcium becomes to our quality of life. It plays an absolutely vital role in protecting our bone, dental and muscle health from decline.

If combined with regular weight-bearing exercises and healthy sunlight exposure, it can help prevent osteoporosis: the chronic illness that makes us frail, uncomfortable and more vulnerable to injury.

In a very real sense, calcium helps keep us active and young.

Next time you go grocery shopping, one extra item could make all the difference: cheese.

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Cheese is the second largest source of calcium in the Australian diet – and it’s significantly healthier than most of us think.

Two slices of cheese per day (40g) – a simple snack or side serving – is all it takes to tick off 1 of the 4 daily dairy serves recommended for women over 50.

And the good news is; there is no known link between cheese and weight gain. Studies have also shown that, if eaten as part of a well-balanced diet, cheese will not increase cholesterol – this is due to its unique package of nutrients.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines have linked cheese, along with milk and yoghurt, to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

As a great bonus, it can also bring on increased feelings of fullness, reducing hunger throughout the day.

It’s even suitable for those with diagnosed lactose intolerance. Most hard cheeses are virtually free of lactose, making them a great source of calcium.  

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Download the free “Cheese Please!” guide to learn more about the many high quality Australian cheeses you can work into your diet!

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