Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You

Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You

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. By conducting laboratory investigations and experiments found out that daily consumption of 40 grams of the product reduces by 14% the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 10%.

A recent study showed people who eat small amounts of cheese every day are less likely to develop heart disease than those who don't eat it at all.

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

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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. The statistics are compared to people who never or rarely ate cheese. Now, cheese-lovers can sleep well knowing that their midnight snack or post-night-out cheese fry indulgence is actually good for them. Cheese also has an unsaturated fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid which may affect cholesterol by lowering your bad LDL levels and raising the good HDL levels. 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. "There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart". "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable".

"Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", Stewart told Time. New research supports eating cheese as part of a healthy diet too.

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