Eating Cheese Every Day Might Actually Be Good for You

08 December, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Inez Murphy
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To such conclusion Chinese scientists from Soochow University on the basis of a number of case studies. Those who got the most benefit were eating about a matchbook sized serving of cheese a day.

Cheese is undoubtedly one of our favorite foods.

But it's also possible that cheese has beneficial qualities that offset the negative impact of its high saturated fat content, says Stewart.

The relationship, however, was U-shaped rather than linear-meaning that higher quantities of cheese were not necessarily better. The research relies mostly on self-reported data, which can be unreliable, and only shows a correlation - not a direct cause-and-effect.

They found moderate cheese eaters, who consumed about 40 grams a day, were 14 percent less likely to develop heart disease and had 10 percent lower risk of stroke. Researchers suggest that 40 grams (a bite, or two slices) daily is the magic amount of lactose to keep those heart muscles strong.

Constant presence in the diet, cheese helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

But don't stock up on the Cheddar just yet; both studies have their own limitations.

What is more, both studies have links to the dairy industry; the earlier study received funding from the Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute, and Dairy Australia, while the latest study was conducted with the help researchers from the Yili Group, a dairy company based in China. The risk of having a stroke was lowered by 10 percent with this small helping of dairy.

In fact, researchers cited a recent randomized controlled trial of 153 participants that ate high-fat cheese regularly for eight weeks did not increase their total cholesterol or LDL-C levels, but reduced triglycerides among subjects.

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