Eating cheese every day may help to protect heart health

08 December, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Study say Cheese is really good for the heart

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. Those who ate more cheese had a 10% lower risk of having a stroke and were 14% less likely to developing coronary heart disease. On the contrary, people in the study who took advantage of cheese benefits by eating a little each day were less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, when compared to those who rarely eat cheese.

Dutch and Chinese researchers teamed up to analyze data from 15 prior studies, tracking over 200,000 participants for at least 10 years.

Overconsumption, however, can trigger high cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease due to high levels of saturated fat.




But it's also possible that cheese has beneficial qualities that offset the negative impact of its high saturated fat content, says Stewart. (But the findings were) certainly different from what people might expect. It could be that people who eat cheese on a daily basis are healthier overall, or have more disposable income and higher socioeconomic statuses. Now, cheese-lovers can sleep well knowing that their midnight snack or post-night-out cheese fry indulgence is actually good for them. Researchers suggest that 40 grams (a bite, or two slices) daily is the magic amount of lactose to keep those heart muscles strong.

"Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", Stewart told Time. But the benefits outweigh the bad when it comes to cheese. Researchers didn't specify whether one type of cheese was better than the rest.

Adults should get about 1,000 mg of calcium a day and one ounce of cheese gives you roughly 20 percent.

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