The real parmigiano-reggiano, or parmesan, comes from the region of Emilia-Romagna. This region of northern Italy is famous for its fine dining and food.
Parmesan is made in special cheese dairies from fresh milk from cows that have never been fed silage (dry food). Cheese dairies use a highly regulated aging process for cheese heads to ensure different degrees of maturation.
As a result, consumers get real Parmesan, which has a lot of useful properties. Keep in mind that grated Parmesan in plastic containers is prepared in a completely different way and has no benefit.
Here are the benefits of real Parmesan:
1. It is low in fat and completely free of carbohydrates and lactose
“Parmesan is a great source of protein and fat. It is full of vitamins and minerals – calcium, vitamin A, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus, zinc, copper, says nutritionist Lea Silberman. – Hard cheeses like parmesan and provolone are usually the healthiest. The hardest cheeses tend to have more protein and less fat.”
30 g of parmesan contains about 10 g of protein. Real Parmesan is easy to digest due to its probiotic properties and is also high in calcium. This strengthens the bones and protects them from osteoporosis.
2. Parmesan is a lactose-free dairy product.
“People with lactose intolerance usually experience unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms from cheese, but one serving of Parmesan won’t hurt them,” says Silberman.
Although Parmesan is made from milk that contains lactose, as the cheese ages, it converts to lactic acid. There is practically no lactose left in mature cheese, except perhaps very trace amounts.
In addition, parmesan is a hard cheese, and they can be consumed during pregnancy. There are also halal and kosher versions of parmesan that can be eaten by Muslims and Jews.
3. Parmesan can be added to a variety of dishes
While it’s still not a good idea to make parmesan a staple of your diet, Silberman says it can be a “tasty addition” to any balanced, healthy diet. When adding Parmesan to a dish or just snacking on it, you should follow the recommended dose – about ¼ cup of grated Parmesan per serving.
Of course, you can only truly experience the benefits of parmesan in combination with healthy products.
“I sprinkle Parmesan over pasta with chickpeas or lentils, and I love adding it to roasted vegetables like broccoli and asparagus,” says Silberman.