New Research Says Cheese Is A Health Food (Really!)

New Research Says Cheese Is A Health Food (Really!)

Overconsumption, however, can trigger high cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease due to high levels of saturated fat. On the contrary, people in the study who took advantage of cheese benefits by eating a little each day were less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, when compared to those who rarely eat cheese.

Researchers for this paper analyzed 15 studies from the US and Europe, which tracked the diets and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people.

15 studies with more than 200,000 were analyzed and researchers found those who ate roughly 40 grams of cheese a day lowered their risk for coronary heart disease by 14 percent and stroke by 10 percent.

Experts, however, warn that this is not linear - in short, the study does not mean that people should start consuming blocks of cheese to prevent heart disease. The key, as with most foods, is to consume it in moderation.

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The researchers believe that cheese's calcium stops fat being absorbed by the body while raising levels of good cholesterol.

Generally, cheese has always been the scourge of every health-conscious person who wants to make sure they have a balanced diet while still loving themselves enough to partake in the simple joy of one of Earth's greatest pleasures. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect". Importantly, they are observational, so they do not prove a causal association between cheese intake and better cardiovascular health.

"Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", Stewart told Time.

The scientists report that these effects were strongest among participants who consumed around 40 grams, or 1.41 ounces, of cheese every day. Still, the fact that cheese benefits exist that may outweigh the negatives of saturated fat is encouraging. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said.