Eating cheese may help kill cancer cells, according to new study

Cheese Could Kill Cancer, Superfood Status Is Near

Cheese lovers, we have some news that just may completely change your life. From gouda, to cheddar, to pepper jack -- we think it's safe to say that there are an insane amount of cheese to choose from in the world. And not to mention all the delicious cheese recipes that we can't get enough of. Whether it's a classic and simple grilled cheese, or something more elaborate like scalloped potatoes -- we don't discriminate when it comes to our cheesy meals.

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If you're anything like us, then you'll be thrilled to know that your cheese habits may just be doing your body some good in a big way! According to a new study by the University of Michigan, cheese can actually help kill cancer cells. It all stems from a peptide by the name of nisin. It can be found in dairy products like cheddar, Brie, Camembert cheeses and some processed meats as well.

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According to the findings, published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, nisin dramatically reduced cancerous tumors in mice after ingested -- killing between 70 and 80 percent of cancer cells in 9 weeks after the mice were given what the study calls nisin milkshakes.

So, what does this mean exactly, you ask? According to the researchers, "nisin delivers a one-two punch to cancer and deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria," Cosmopolitan reports. In other words, the peptide attacks cancer cells and takes out all those other antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may also raise health concerns.

So, basically -- your cheese obsession may just be completely warranted when it comes to your health. Talk about great news!

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Eating cheese may help kill cancer cells, according to new study

Plain Greek yogurt

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Almond Butter

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Hard Boiled Eggs

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Cottage cheese

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Turkey jerky

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Kale Chips

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Pumpkin seeds

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Dark chocolate

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