Eating cheese every day may actually be good for you

Eating cheese every day may actually be good for you

Eating cheese every day may actually be good for you

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.

In a new meta-analysis, researchers from China and the Netherlands analyzed 15 studies encompassing more than 200,000 people about the health effects of cheese.

Published by the European Journal of Nutrition, the report claims that a small consumption of cheese daily can actually lessen a person's chance of coronary heart disease by 14%, or even reduce the chances of having a stroke by 10%. The majority of these studies included only people without heart disease and tracked participants for ten years or more.

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Just eat it in moderation because of the saturated fats and sodium levels. People with the greatest health benefits from cheese ate around 40 grams per day, which is the size of a matchbook.

The findings suggest "a nonlinear inverse association between cheese consumption and cardiovascular disease", or heart disease, the top cause of death around the world, according to the World Health Association. It could be that people who eat cheese on a daily basis are healthier overall, or have more disposable income and higher socioeconomic statuses. More isn't necessarily better, though. While it may seem like a lot of the dairy product, it's an average of 36 grams per day, which is slightly less than the amount recommended by researchers.

Cheese also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an unsaturated fatty acid that may increase the amount of of HDL "good" cholesterol and decrease "bad" LDL levels. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said. The researchers also found that the probiotics in cheese may contribute to its ability to raise levels of "good" cholesterol while also lowering levels of "bad" cholesterol.

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