Scientists: Eating cheese reduces the risk of developing heart disease

Cheese Benefits

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Until additional studies confirm such findings, it is important to remember that cheese is high in saturated fats, which can be harmful to heart health in high amounts. People who ate a large amount of cheese had a 14% lower risk of developing heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese.

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.

Heather Zinn, The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids stopped by My West Michigan to share cheeses that you may want to consider.

Although many people look at cheese as a sort of "cheat food" due to its high fat content, a new research review suggests that it might not actually be that bad for you.

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. One portion is 40 grams (1.4 oz), which represents a matchbox-sized chunk, two slim slices or a quarter cup of crumbled cheese, according to The Independent.

Dutch and Chinese scientists examined dietary data from more than 200,000 people and came up with a surprising result. Still, the fact that cheese benefits exist that may outweigh the negatives of saturated fat is encouraging.

Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation.

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. "There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart". Those with the lowest risks of these illnesses were those who consumed around 40 grams a day of cheese - a quantity around the size of a book of matches. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable". Overall, though, the news is good for cheese lovers.

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