Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You
Dec 07 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
If you're a cheese lover, you will welcome the results of this new study with open arms.
A meta-analysis of 15 observational studies set out to determine how long-term cheese consumption affects the development and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke. 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. Either way, I've yet to find a weirdo who doesn't like cheese, whether they eat it or not. In 2015, the population of the United States consumed the equivalent of of cheese per person, with Cheddar and mozzarella being the most popular choices.
"This is not the same as eating a big slice of cheesy pizza every day", Dr. Allen Stewart of Mount Sinai Medical Center's Ichan School of Medicine clarified.
Overconsumption, however, can trigger high cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease due to high levels of saturated fat. He also cautions against reading too much into data that's self-reported-as much of the data was-because people tend to over- or under-estimate their consumption of specific foods.
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Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation.
The link between cheese and lowered heart disease risks might be because people who eat cheese every day are already healthier, or have enough income to afford the habit, the researchers point out.
The saturated fat debate has always been raging in the health food world. "There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart". But the benefits outweigh the bad when it comes to cheese. 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. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable".
New findings may enhance your enjoyment of après-ski raclettes or holiday cheese boards. "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".