Eating Cheese Every Day Might Actually Be Good for You

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 7, 2017

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 attention of specialists was attracted by the fact that the people of France, who usually consume fat-rich food, including cheeses, relatively rarely suffer from heart diseases.

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

A recent study of over 200,00 people showed that those who ate a small amount of cheese daily had a lower risk of contracting heart disease, compared to those who rarely or never ate the stuff, New York Daily News reports. 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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A 40 gram square, about the size of matchbox, was the sweet spot for health benefits.

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

The study did not look at different types of cheeses, and Stewart says more research is needed to know whether certain varieties hold more health benefits (or risks) than others. Cheese also has an unsaturated fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid which may affect cholesterol by lowering your bad LDL levels and raising the good HDL levels.

"Furthermore, there was a somewhat U-shaped association between cheese consumption and overall CVD risk, with the largest risk reduction observed at cheese consumption of approximately 40 g/d (1.5 ounces)". "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable". Even still, this is good news for cheese lovers out there.

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