Dr. Oz's 99 Healthiest Foods -- How Many Are In Your Shopping Cart?

Find out which healthy staples Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of the Dr. Oz Show, recommends plus get tips on how to save at checkout (100 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Supermarket Staple #43: Cheeses (Part Skim Mozzarella, Cheddar, Parmesan, Feta, Ricotta, String)

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a Jessica Smith on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:24PM

Why It's a Must Have: “Cheese, rich in nutrients like protein, vitamin A, and calcium, deserves a spot in your shopping cart,” says Batayneh. “Researchers believe calcium is the basis for all of cheese’s health benefits: a study from Finland found that girls who ate cheese, as opposed to calcium supplements, had bigger gains in bone density. Another study found that, out of 5,000 adults, those with the highest low-fat dairy intake were 54 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.” Even though cheese can be high in fat, it may help in weight maintenance, Batayneh says. A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that among 827 men and women, those who consumed the most dairy were less likely to develop metabolic syndrome. “Researchers believe that calcium may boost metabolism and inhibit fat storage.”

Budget Bonus: Skip the bags of pre-shredded cheese and save money by buying a block of cheese and grate it yourself, recommends Batayneh. “In addition to saving money, you’ll also avoid any additives in bagged cheese, and the cheese will taste fresher.”

Recipes to Try:

Pasta Salad with Tomato and Feta

Pizza Margherita

Apple and Cheddar Sandwich

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