Smile! Cheese is Good for your Teeth

A cheeseboard after a meal is a delicious way to finish a meal and it is also very good for your teeth. It is a great alternative to sugary snacks and carbs and cheese also acts preventatively against cavities. 

So why is cheese so great for your teeth? Not only does it have high levels of phosphate and calcium, which naturally strengthen teeth and bones, but it also helps balance the pH level in your mouth, which means less harmful acid, more cleansing saliva and fewer cavities.

Cheese is a saliva maker. The alkaline nature of saliva counteracts the acids formed in plaque. The rate of sugar clearance is also increased due to the diluting action of cheese-stimulated saliva.

The calcium in cheese, and the calcium and phosphates in milk and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods and they also help rebuild tooth enamel.

A 2013 Study concluded “It looks like dairy does the mouth good, not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.”2.

Read more:

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: The effect of cheese on dental caries: a review of the literature

2. Science Daily: Cheese may prevent cavities


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range of cheeses to the food industry. We are well known for our superb range of cheddar cheeses. Our Yellow Road cheese is the leading food service brand in Ireland and we are now able to supply dairy free solutions for cheese loving vegans.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Blue Cheese may be beneficial for mental health

blue cheese and mental healthResearchers at Kobe University in Japan have discovered that that LH dipeptide, a constituent of blue cheese and also a constituent of the fermented Japanese soy product “natto”, may be beneficial for mental health. It is likely that there’ll be significant developments on this story over the course of 2020.

It is well established that microglia, immune cells in the central nervous system, remove waste products from our brains but may contribute to the development of depression as this process can result in inflammation in the brain. The new studies suggest that LH dipeptide can reduce that inflammation and thus reduce / prevent depression or inflammatory-related mood disorders.

So far the studies have been carried out on mice, however further studies on humans are planned. The researchers propose that it suggests that eating blue cheese may be a safe preventative measure to combat depression.

Read more:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190913092145.htm
https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/9/2161/htm

Christmas at Ingredient Solutions

2019 has been an eventful year at Ingredient Solutions Ltd and it was great to celebrate it at our Christmas party. We are looking forward to further success in 2020. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

We welcomed Stiana O’Donoghue to the team in January as he took the role of chief operations officer. He’s settled well into the team and has brought new ideas and a fresh approach to our Boherbue facility. Delighted to have him on board.

Our long-time colleague Gary Davies completed his first year in his new position as Director of Sales. He’s had an interesting year developing new links and meeting a swathe of new customers from all over the world. Gary and the sales team are always at hand to help with your businesses cheese requirements.

In 2019 we launched a new range of vegan cheese alternatives. Ingredient Solutions Vegan cheese alternatives have shown themselves to be very popular amongst existing and new customers. Get in touch with the sales team for more information.

And now – what you’ve been wanting to see – here are some photos from our recent, very enjoyable, Christmas party in Kerry.

 

 

How to Cure a Hangover – Cheese Solutions

hangover curesWith Christmas fast approaching and a General Election in the UK to celebrate or commiserate as well, the risk of hangovers is increasing so you’ll be delighted to learn that new research has pointed to a natural effective cure.

Cheese has long been accredited as a great stomach soother [1] because it’s packed with great things – calcium, enzymes and protein and can coat your poorly stomach with it’s goodness.

Eating some cheese before you venture out can help line your stomach and prevent a really bad hangover even happening [2]. The protein, fat and complex carbohydrates in cheese can prevent the alcohol being absorbed too quickly. Having cheese with your wine not only tastes good – it helps you to deal with the alcohol.

The Ultimate Hangover Cure is Revealed

New research at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai [3] has revealed the ultimate natural hangover cure. The in depth study looked at how hangover may be alleviated by altering the rate of alcohol metabolism and facilitating the elimination of acetaldehyde by affecting the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and/or aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzymes. In the study, food commodities like fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, dairy products, spices and other miscellaneous products (ascorbic acid, cocoa, tea, coffee, egg yolk and date samples) were investigated for their effect on the in vitro activities of the enzymes and their antioxidant properties.

An anti-hangover (AHO) product was developed by the researchers. It’s a smoothie made with lime, pear, and coconut water that should be consumed with a side portion of cheese, cucumber and tomatoes to further alleviate the hangover symptoms. To work perfectly, the smoothie needs to be at least 65% pear juice, a quarter lime juice and 10% coconut water.

The cheese, cucumber and tomatoes along with the pear, lime and coconut drink help break down acetaldehyde by boosting dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase in the liver. Until the acetaldehyde is broken down you will continue to feel bad – with headaches, nausea, drowsiness etc.

They recommend that coffee is avoided altogether – so reaching for that strong coffee is a bad idea as it can lead to acetaldehyde build-up resulting in an even longer hangover.

Read More:

[1] Cheese is your Hangover’s best friend – Vice
[2] How to Cure a Hangover – BBC Good Food
[3] Influence of food commodities on hangover based on alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase activities – Science Direct

 


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range of speciality cheeses including Edam, Gouda, Emmental, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, Provolone, Processed cheeses, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Cottage Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella Pearls and Ricotta, as well as classic Cheddar and Mozzarella to the food industry. We work in partnership with cheese suppliers, food manufacturers and food service suppliers to deliver winning solutions. Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Viral Trends: Could “Cheese Tea” be the next big thing in Europe?

Cheese Tea, or naigai cha, has taken Asia by storm and we wonder could it become the next big thing in European cafés? It was developed by street vendors in Taiwan in around 2010 and has spread across the region and is very popular in China. It has made inroads in the USA and in Europe, although it’s not quite reached the same momentum yet.

The increasingly popular cheese tea has variants made with salty or sweet cream cheese and also versions made with cheddar cheese. Tea masters recommend drinking the beverage straight from the edge of the cup at a 40 ° angle and not blending the layers. Straws are not generally used with this drink.

The base of the drink is normally a cold regular green or black tea or matcha tea and the cheesy topping floats on the surface. Sometimes other flavours are added such as fruits and spices, even chocolate and coffee are used. As a drink it is meant to be more like a milkshake, not like the hot milky tea we traditionally drink here in Ireland. Cheese tea has been trending in coffee shops in Asia and increasingly in the US and Europe. It’s also been trending on instagram with over 89,000 posts with the hashtag #cheesetea.

It might sound strange to many to add cheese to drinks, but cheese has also been part of Scandinavian beverages traditionally. Kaffeost is coffee poured over cubes of cheese, the coffee cheese is made from milk and rennet which is heated, allowed to solidify to curd and then baked in the oven. It is reminiscent of cheesecake.

These are some more of the #cheesetea images from Instagram. Do they inspire you to offer Cheese Tea to your customers?

Read more:

Atlas Obscura
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaffeost
Cup and Leaf Blog
The Guardian


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range cheeses to the food industry. Our Yellow Road cheese is the leading food service brand in Ireland and we export cheese all over the world to over 30 countries.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Bord Bia Consumer Insight Report – Cheddar Cheese

consumer research cheddarBord Bia, the Irish Food Board, conducted conducted extensive consumer research in cheddar cheese buying habits. This is a summary of the findings.

The research found that 45% of participants expressed that they “couldn’t live without cheese”. Almost three quarters of respondents (72%) consumed Cheddar Cheese on a weekly+ basis with 14% of those daily users. 85% of respondents stated that cheese was healthy and nutritious with 84% also recognising that cheese is a natural product which is high in protein.

 

Families found it particularly useful in their household because of its versatility (96%), likeability (89%) and children will eat it (87%) and they enjoy the taste of cheddar (94%). By far the most popular use for cheddar is in a cheese toastie (52%).

Value for money is important to consumers and cheese showed itself to be with 85% seeing it as a relatively low cost food. It was noted though that 53% of respondents always look for best price and switch brands based on offers. Consumer demand for low prices have put pressure on brands to offer promotions. Through 2017 and early 2018, all sales growth in the cheddar category came from promotion sales – multibuys and temporary price reductions. Nearly half of shoppers opted for “own brand” cheddar. 70% of respondents are not loyal to a brand and 4 in 10 don’t see any difference between brands.

There was a split between those who feel cheese is healthy (68%) and those who are concerned about the impact cheddar has on their health (22%) with younger respondents being more concerned than older respondents.The Insight report points to the need to communicate the positive health benefits to younger consumers; E.g. Cheese is low in sugar, high in protein, high in calcium, cheddar is sustaining (slow release energy), potentially good for gut health and delivers specific vitamins.

The format in which cheddar cheese is regularly purchased was as follows 8 in 10 buy blocks, with just over 2 in 5 (42%) opting for grated, and 41% buying sliced. Regular cheddar is the most preferred. Some 3 in 5 claim to be consuming cheddar themselves, with just over 4 in 10 (41%) claiming all members of their household consume.In households with children there is a greater prevalence of grated, sliced and kids cheese snacks being purchased. There was an even split between the preferred colours of cheddar, but the overall preference amongst buyers is for mature/extra mature strength cheddar cheese. Younger consumers (18-24) are more likely to prefer regular strength cheddar.

the cheese compassThe insight report points at ways businesses could increase sales of alternative cheeses to try to move consumers away from the €2 offering.

The Insight Report recommends the use of a cheese compass to better target offerings at specific consumers. Suggestions such as ensuring kids cheese snacks are not positioned next to unhealthy food choices, more persuasive shelf standouts for flavoured options, in general it found cheddar merchandising to be unimaginative and generally health focused. The report perceives potential in more adding more interesting flavours (e.g. Irish seaweed or wild Irish garlic), giving more focus to the story, and also in extending the use through recipe promotions, couplings and snacks. Promoting health benefits, snack opportunities and an environmental focus, e.g. green packaging solutions, are other routes to engage younger buyers.

Tastings offer a useful merchandising opportunity, the report notes that “68% of people in the UK say that they are more likely to buy a cheese that they have been able to sample” (Mintel, 2017)

Click here to see the original Bord Bia report

 


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range of cheeses to the food industry. We are well known for our superb range of cheddar cheeses. Our Yellow Road cheese is the leading food service brand in Ireland and we are now able to supply dairy free solutions for cheese loving vegans.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Cheese may offset blood vessel damage caused by salt

salt damage offset by cheeseResearch carried out in the University of Pennsylvania which indicated that damage caused by salt may be offset by a diet which contains cheese was published in August 2019.

The research was funded by the National Dairy Council and demonstrated that single-meal cheese consumption ameliorates acute, sodium-induced endothelial dysfunction.

The research team lead by Billie Alba found that adults consuming a high-sodium diet also experienced blood vessel dysfunction. however, the same adults did not experience that blood vessel dysfunction if they consumed four servings of cheese a day alongside the same high-sodium diet.

In an interview with Penn State News Billie Alba explained, “Consuming high amounts of sodium causes an increase in molecules that are harmful to blood vessel health and overall heart health… There is scientific evidence that dairy-based nutrients, specifically peptides generated during the digestion of dairy proteins, have beneficial antioxidant properties, meaning that they have the ability to scavenge these oxidant molecules and thereby protect against their damaging physiological effects.”

  • The original research can be downloaded from researchgate.net by clicking here.
  • A more indepth article about the research on the Penn State News Website can be viewed by clicking here.

 


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range of speciality cheeses including Edam, Gouda, Emmental, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, Provolone, Processed cheeses, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Cottage Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella Pearls and Ricotta, as well as classic Cheddar and Mozzarella to the food industry. We work in partnership with cheese suppliers, food manufacturers and food service suppliers to deliver winning solutions. Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Viral Trends: What is Mukbang?

Mukbang is a new viral trend in social media and involves people shooting and posting videos of themselves eating.

Mukbang combines the Korean words for “eating” and “broadcast”. The trend first emerged in South Korea in 2014 and within year mukbang went from being a one person operation to a viral trend. There are over 1.6 million posts using the #mukbang hashtag on Instagram

The Grocer suggests that Food businesses could capitalise on the trend by sponsoring influencers to use their products in their social media posts and also by encouraging customers to make mukbang videos of themselves in order to get special offers on the products. There are some negative elements to using Mukbang in your marketing, for example it can be perceived to promote binge eating, so consideration needs to be given before embarking on a campaign. Read more about Mukbang in The Grocer

These are a few Mukbang posts from Instagram to give you a sense of the kind of material that is being produced.


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range cheeses to the food industry. Our Yellow Road cheese is the leading food service brand in Ireland.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

The Healthfulness of Cheese – A Look at Recent Research

cheese is healthyThere have been a couple of articles ranking the healthiness of different cheeses over the past week. An article in the Washington Post on 2nd September lists what the journalist perceives to be the most healthful cheeses and the reasons for those choices.

The article examines the benefits of unripened cheeses – cottage cheese, ricotta and goats cheeses – which are generally low in fat. And it also looks at the benefits of hard cheeses like cheddar and parmesan, which are higher in calcium and believed to be better for gut health. Blue cheeses are even higher in calcium, but are also higher in fat. The least healthy cheeses are listed as Brie and Camembert.

Last week a similar article on the Good Housekeeping website drew similar conclusions – it looked at the health benefits of soft unripened mozzarella, swiss cheese, parmesan, blue cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese and goats cheese.

There’s some disagreement about whether low fat or regular cheese is more beneficial. The Washington post points to research on the benefit of full fat cheese on diabetes conducted in 2016. And it also references another study in the same year that indicated that full fat cheese actually helped reduce obesity in women

In addition, last month on this website, we looked at another piece of research that found that higher dairy intake actually reduced blood pressure in overweight middle-aged adults – you can read more about that research on our website by clicking here.

The article in good housekeeping gives some nice suggestions as to healthy accompaniments to serve with your cheeses and also some specific conditions that the various cheeses might be beneficial for. For example, did you know that cottage cheese contains selenium, a key antioxidant that helps to reduce risk of chronic inflammation?

 

You can see the original articles and research by clicking the links below: 

From feta to American slices, a ranking of cheeses by healthfulness – Washington Post 2nd Sept 2019

The Healthiest Cheeses You Can Buy, According to a Registered Dietitian – Good Housekeeping 28th August 2019

Effect of high compared with low dairy intake on blood pressure in overweight middle-aged adults: results of a randomized crossover intervention study

Circulating Biomarkers of Dairy Fat and Risk of Incident Diabetes Mellitus Among Men and Women in the United States in Two Large Prospective Cohorts.


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range of speciality cheeses including Edam, Gouda, Emmental, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, Provolone, Processed cheeses, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Cottage Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella Pearls and Ricotta, as well as classic Cheddar and Mozzarella to the food industry. We work in partnership with cheese suppliers, food manufacturers and food service suppliers to deliver winning solutions. Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Cheese is the most popular burger topping

brger toppingsIt’s national burger day in the UK so we had a look at some cheesy burger research and, as we thought, cheese is consistently the favourite burger topping. There’s been several polls all in agreement at the collective love of cheese on burgers.

In 2015 a YouGov / huffington post poll in the US found that 86% of respondents like cheese burgers and 71% of respondents actually prefered cheese burgers.

The burger topping research from 2017 displayed on the right shows that again cheese is the favourite topping with 64% of respondents declaring cheese to be their favourite burger topping.

In July 2018 YouGov / M&S research found that cheese was the favourite topping:

“Looking at toppings, cheese topped the list with 54% of respondents citing it as essential for a home cooked burger, followed by onion, at 47%, lettuce, at 35%, tomato, at 30%, bacon, at 30% and gherkin, at 16%. One in 25 of respondents also said they opted for avocado, with one in ten Londoners choosing it as their favourite topper.”

View detailed results from the 2015 poll in the US here: https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2015/09/17/poll-results-burgers

More information about the M&S research can be viewed here: https://qualityfoodawards.com/news/uk-revealed-as-nation-of-burger-lovers-05-07-2018/


Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range cheeses to the food industry. Our Yellow Road cheese is the leading food service brand in Ireland.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Vote for your favourite Cheeseboard

“Cheeeseboarding” has become Instagram’s latest artistic trend with more than half a million posts using the #Cheeseboard hashtag.

Cheeseboards have really moved to another level. The Cheeseboards of Instagram are created artistically using the addition of fruits, meats, relishes and nuts and are imaginative and stunning. They are jam packed with exciting flavours, textures and colours to compliment the cheese. And it’s not just social media influencers and Instagram foodies who are indulging in cheeseboarding – The Telegraph newspaper reported last week that over 150 UK businesses are now offering beautiful decorative cheeseboards for special events.

We’ve been so impressed by the cheeseboards that we’ve seen on Instagram that we thought we’d celebrate them on our website by showcasing some of them and having a fun poll to see which our readers like best. We’ve picked six that we really like and invite you to vote for your favourite.

Which is your favourite Cheese Board?

Take a look at the six cheeseboards below and then vote for your favourite.

Board 1: @murrayscheese

Board 2: @uptonogoudaco

Board 3: @savor_style

Board 4: @_melihaomic_

Board 5: @grazehtx

Board 6: @fineoutfromage

Vote Now!


Ingredient Solutions Ltd is a quality, BRC accredited, cheese supplier, providing innovative cheese ingredients to the food industry and exporting products to over 30 countries. We are established as the premier supplier to many leading food companies in over 30 countries and our cheese ingredients are in products that appear on the shelves of supermarkets all over the world. Request a sample for your food business.

Australian Cheese Consumer Research

grated cheeseA recent analysis of the Australian cheese consumer may offer insight into cheese consumers in other markets.

The market analysis was conducted by Roy Morgan, Australia’s best known and longest established market research company. The analysis compared data from 2016 to 2019. It found that Australia’s cheese market is growing with over 15 million Australians now buying cheese, up from just over 13 million three years ago. The marked increase in sales of Grated/Shredded Cheese and Sliced Cheese drove the growth in the cheese market.

Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan, said:

“Most cheese buyers are women who provide the bulk of custom for Blocked Cheese, Grated/ Shredded Cheese and Sliced Cheese but significant differences between cheese buyers emerge beneath that overlay.”

“Block Cheese buyers tend to be older than those buying Grated/Shredded or Sliced Cheese and more likely to be retired and living in an Older Household. Grated/Shredded cheese buyers enjoy going to professional sporting events… and consider magazines a good way to relax and unwind.

“Digging further into the types of brands people buy shows that Jarlsberg is a particular favourite of men, unlike many of its competitors which are usually bought by women. ‘Jarlsberg man’ is very well off compared to the average Australian, and other cheese buyers. He is well educated and in a good job earning good money and is someone you’re likely to catch reading the Australian Financial Review in his spare-time – or even at work.”

You can read more about this research by clicking here: http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/8043-australian-cheese-market-march-2019-201907050650


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