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Nutritional Benefits of Halloumi Cheese | Charalambides Christis

February 10, 2022

In this article we will closely examine all the health and nutritional benefits of halloumi cheese and a few, delicious ways to introduce it in your diet.

Nutrition

Halloumi is a cheese rich in both calcium and protein.

Calcium is crucial for our body, as it ensures the proper functioning of the muscular, nervous, skeletal and hormonal system.                                            

Protein is additionally important for the development and maintenance of our muscular system. More specifically, it is essential for maintaining the muscular system during significant weight loss, as well as restoring the muscles after intense physical exercise.

One portion of halloumi (approximately 28 grams) contains 110 calories, 0 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, 25% of the recommended daily value of calcium, and 15% of the recommended daily value of sodium.

(The numbers are indicative and are dependent on the way the cheese has been prepared and consumed.)

Benefits

Bone health

Calcium is a necessary element in our body, as it makes up 99% of our bones (and teeth). According to scientists, calcium intake, especially when combined with vitamin D, strengthens our bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and fractures significantly, especially in women.

Diabetes prevention

Scientific data now link cheese and dairy consumption to reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

In particular, research suggests that daily dairy consumption helps maintain a healthy body weight and reduces belly fat, factors that are directly linked to type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, eating cheese helps our body to balance blood sugar, as it slows down the emptying of the stomach.

Recent research even suggests that dairy consumption may stimulate insulin production.

How to enjoy halloumi

Although you can consume halloumi straight from the package, unprepared, we highly suggest that you cook it.

You can grill it with some olive oil and herbs of your choice and consume it as an appetizer, or as a topper to your salad or grilled vegetables.

You can also sauté it, in a pan, with some olive oil, and enjoy it with fresh fruit, such as watermelon or grapes, and, alternatively, honey, fruit preserves or jam.

However, the sky’s the limit. You can add halloumi to your all your favorite dishes, pasta, pizza, risotto, on a burger or any other dish you can imagine. Bon appétit and enjoy!

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