Is Cheese Good For You? New Study Points To Heart Benefits

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Researchers for this paper analyzed 15 studies from the USA and Europe, which tracked the diets and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people. This doesn't mean you should start eating a block of cheese, or slices of pizza every day, because cheese does have high levels of saturated fat, that is linked to high cholesterol and poor lipid profiles.

While cheese contains some nutrients that are beneficial to health - such as, zinc, and A and B-12 - it is also, which can increase levels and raise the risk of and.

New research has found eating a little bit of cheese might help when it comes to the number one leading cause of death - heart disease, as well as the fifth leading cause of death, which is a stroke. Those who ate more cheese had a 10% lower risk of having a stroke and were 14% less likely to developing coronary heart disease. All but one of the studies excluded people with existing heart disease, and all but two tracked people for 10 years or more.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the data regarding cheese consumption was self-reported, and people are notorious for over or under-estimating the amount of food they've eaten. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect".

Cheese makes everything better.

"There is some evidence that cheese-as a substitute for milk, for example-may actually have a protective effect on the heart", says Stewart. The researchers also found that the probiotics in cheese may contribute to its ability to raise levels of "good" cholesterol while also lowering levels of "bad" cholesterol. While it may seem like a lot of the dairy product, it's an average of 36 grams per day, which is slightly less than the amount recommended by researchers. Overall, though, the news is good for cheese lovers. "It's promising to find that something that actually tastes good-and pairs well with a nice glass of red wine-may offer some protection, as well".

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