New study reveals cheese could be good for heart

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Although many people look at cheese as a sort of "cheat food" due to its high fat content, a new research review suggests that it might not actually be that bad for you.

There is good news for lactose lovers, researchers have found that a little bit of cheese every day might be good for you.

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. The majority of these studies included only people without heart disease and tracked participants for ten years or more. People who ate a large amount of cheese had a 14% lower risk of developing heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese.

Such disease can be caused by fatty deposits that build up in the walls of the blood vessels that help deliver blood to the heart of brain, according to the WHO. 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.

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As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties".

Not all cheese is created equal though, so the type of cheese determines the nutritional value of the nutrients and vitamins it has.

Yet exceeding moderate portions of cheese won't boost benefits, and may in fact trigger negative health conditions, experts warn. They say those who got the most benefit were eating an ounce-and-a-half a day of cheese a day, about the size of a matchbook. Cheese reduces bad cholesterol LDL and raises good cholesterol HDL as per the new study. "No one's saying you should definitely go out and eat 40 grams of cheese a day". Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Icahn School of Mount Sinai Medical Centre said that Cheese can be high in probiotics, which in turn tend to put someone in less of an inflammatory state.

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