Cheese can be inflammatory if you do not tolerate dairy or have an allergy to it. Dairy, as a rule, can also be inflammatory if you are choosing conventional choices. When dairy products come from pastured cows (grass-fed) there are some merits — especially due to the fat in real dairy. However, you are absolutely correct that conventional sources are inflammatory and should be avoided. Furthermore, depending on your tolerance, dairy can increase insulin resistance or optimize it. It’s a personal choice. If dairy doesn't work for you, consider leaving it out or using nutritional yeast to add a little “cheesy” flavor.