It's a miracle that cheese, which is essentially tasty
mold, somehow entered the general culture as a foodstuff, and not something to
be avoided. But we are so grateful for it, because cheese is a delicious and
amazing thing—especially a gluey brie slathered on a cracker or a buttery
havarti served with apple slices or grapes. Or a sharp, tangy Vermont cheddar.
Or a funky blue cheese ... anyway, you get the picture.
Now, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin, cheese is not
only delicious, it may hold the key to kicking cancer's ass. This is because
cheese contains nisin, a "naturally occurring food preservative that grows
on dairy products" has been shown to combat cancer and lethal bacterias in
an experiment where mice were fed a "nicin milkshake" which resulted
in slowed growth of cancerous tumors in the little rodents.
This is very early yet, but the studies look promising. Just
add this to the long list of reasons to love cheese in all its
forms—just don't get addicted.