Many people define cheese as the final frontier - the hardest thing to give up when moving towards a plant-based diet.
But while these people may love cheese, it doesn't love them back.
In this exclusive Plant Based News' video, leading plant-based physician Dr. Neal Barnard talks about what happens to your body when you eat cheese.
He said: "A person sits down to have a meal that has a lot of cheese in it. Things start to go wrong within seconds.
"First of all, cheese is very high in sodium. People don't think about that but there's more sodium in cheese than there is in the same size serving of crisps. So your blood pressure starts to go up.
"There's a lot of cholesterol and saturated fat, so that's causing your blood cholesterol level to rise.
"All of these things start to make the heart get burdened and have greater heart risks."
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And that's not all. According to Dr. Barnard the saturated fat also makes the blood more viscous, which makes you feel tired and sluggish.
Over the long run high saturated fat intake can take its toll on the brain - a long-term high intake has been linked with Alzhiemer's disease. Fat from cheese can also get into fat and muscle cells, and cause insulin resistance.
But there is a good solution. "When you get the cheese out of your diet, suddenly your blood pressure starts coming down," says Dr. Barnard.
"Your blood glucose starts coming down, your blood cholesterol starts coming down, your risk of Alzhiemer's and these other things starts coming down as well."
Maria is a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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