It’s the research we’ve all been waiting for: the amazing health benefits of cheese, according to science.

Cheese is good for your bones.

Since it’s made from milk, cheese is packed with calcium to help keep your bones strong. Snacking on just one ounce gives you 200-300 milligrams of calcium, which is about 20% of the recommended daily amount.

Cheese is whey good for building muscle.

Protein-packed cheese is a smart snack for building muscle. Protein is made of amino acids, which are the building blocks of muscle tissue. And it tastes a lot better than a gritty protein powder shake.

Cheese can help you stay slim.

Cheese may help you stay slim thanks to a substance called butyrate, which is found in many cheeses and can help boost metabolism. Gouda, for example, has an especially high amount of butyrate.

Cheese could ward off diabetes.

Those same butyrate-dense cheeses may help protect against type 2 diabetes. Although research is just starting to emerge, one study found that butyrate may help our bodies use insulin more effectively in its managing of blood-sugar levels.

Cheese can cut your heart disease risk.

Researchers are now thinking that cheese might explain the French Paradox after one major study found that consuming 1-2 ounces of cheese daily was associated with an 18% lower risk of heart disease.

Cheese can improve your cholesterol.

A 2015 study compared the cholesterol of people eating a diet including either butter or cheese. Both diets had the same amount of saturated fat and calories, but the cheese eaters came out with lower total and LDL cholesterol than the butter eaters. 

Cheese is high in hard-to-get vitamins.

Cheese is one of the few foods to naturally contain vitamin D and one of the few vegetarian sources of vitamin B12. Fontina is one of the best choices for upping vitamin D intake while an ounce of Brie packs about 20% of the recommended B12 intake.

Cheese is the best comfort food hands down.

As well as offering all these nutritional benefits, Reny Picot cheese will always be there to comfort you. It offers the psychological benefits associated with anything covered in cheese, baked at 350 degrees for an hour, and tastes “just like mom used to make.”

Find Reny Picot cheese in a store near you!