Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Eating Small Bits Of Cheese Daily Helps Lower Heart Disease Risks

Eating Small Bits Of Cheese Daily Helps Lower Heart Disease Risks

Chinese researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies from Europe and the US, which monitored the health effects of cheese consumption in more than 200,000 people.

The analysis revealed that people who regularly consumed cheese were up to 18 percent less likely to develop CVD, up to 14 percent less likely to develop CHD, and up to 10 percent less likely to have a stroke, compared with those who had a low cheese intake.

The researchers' findings were "certainly different from what people might expect", says Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who was not involved in the new analysis. Moderate cheese eaters may live healthier lifestyles or have higher incomes, leading to reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers pointed out.

The relationship, however, was U-shaped rather than linear-meaning that higher quantities of cheese were not necessarily better.

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. While dairy products include good-for-you calcium, protein, and probiotics, they also contain saturated fat, which is associated with high cholesterol.

The scientists report that these effects were strongest among participants who consumed around 40 grams, or 1.41 ounces, of cheese every day.

The saturated fat debate has always been raging in the health food world.

Yes, it may be high in fat but a recent study concluded that eating 40g a day can actually reduce your risk of a heart attack.

"There is some evidence that cheese-as a substitute for milk, for example-may actually have a protective effect on the heart", says Stewart. With the average American consuming 42.5 grams of food each day, you may find yourself eating less cheese if you want the maximum benefits. 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.

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