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4 Health Benefits of Cheese

Are you a big fan of cheese? Then you’ll be happy to know cheese can be good for you (in moderation, of course). There are several benefits you may not be aware of. A 2013 study discovered organic dairy has 62% more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than regular milk. And you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of cheeses to choose from; there are more than 3,000 different types of cheese made around the globe, according to chef and author Georgeanne Brennan. In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month, here are some of the ways cheese can do a body good.

1. Bone health

Cheese, particularly mozzarella, is chock-full of calcium. That means indulging in some cheesy goodness may help strengthen your bones. This is good news considering many Americans are not getting enough calcium in their diets. “Cheese contains a host of nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, …

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The History of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In the 1993 film “Benny & Joon“, the illiterate, beguiling Sam, played by a young Johnny Depp, cooks a stack of grilled cheese sandwiches using a clothes iron. An appalling culinary technique, yes, but arguably a big moment for this down-home sandwich: anything Johnny Depp touches, after all, has to be important.

And important it is: Some three-quarters of people who buy sliced cheese make at least one grilled cheese a month. While similar recipes are mentioned in Ancient Roman texts — and, let’s face it, the French have been making their famous croque monsieurs since the early 1900s — today’s notion of the grilled cheese is commonly traced back to the 1920s, when Otto Frederick Rohwedder, considered “the father of sliced bread,” invented a bread slicer that made distributing white bread easy and affordable.

Shortly before that, processed cheese had been patented by James L. Kraft, an …