Eating Small Bits Of Cheese Daily Helps Lower Heart Disease Risks
Dec 08 2017
Those who ate small amounts of cheese daily showed a 14 per cent less chance of developing heart disease, while stroke risk was slashed by 10 per cent. This means that while the researchers had no proof that the cheese consumption caused the lower levels of heart disease, those who ate cheese regularly were less likely to be the same people who had heart disease.
Researchers for this paper analyzed 15 studies from the USA 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. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect". More isn't necessarily better, though.
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Another thing to keep in mind is that the data regarding cheese consumption was self-reported, and people are notorious for over or under-estimating the amount of food they've eaten.
Stewart was not involved in the study. "Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", he says. "There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart". 40 grams of cheese is a roughly the size of a matchbox and slightly more than an ounce serving. Still, the fact that cheese benefits exist that may outweigh the negatives of saturated fat is encouraging. New research supports eating cheese as part of a healthy diet too.
"We're always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis", said Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.