Eating cheese every day may be good for you

Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You

The 15 studies, which included 200,000 participants, were selected for analysis based on meeting the following criteria: the study design was prospective; the exposure of interest was cheese consumption; the outcome of interest was fatal/nonfatal CVD, CHD, or stroke; and RRs (relative risk) with corresponding 95% Cis (confidence interval) were reported or could be estimated.

The researchers believe that cheese's calcium stops fat being absorbed by the body while raising levels of good cholesterol.

The findings after this research review were definitely different than expected. Researchers suggest that eating around 40 grams (or 1.41 ounces) of cheese every day could help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The analysis revealed that people who regularly consumed cheese were up to 18 percent less likely to develop CVD, up to 14 percent less likely to develop CHD, and up to 10 percent less likely to have a stroke, compared with those who had a low cheese intake. In fact, people in the analysis who ate a little bit of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate cheese.

"Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", Stewart told Time. 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. 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. Recent research shows, however, that saturated fat may be more benign than we think.

Cheese, glorious cheese. When Christmas comes around, we love the pungent stuff even more than usual. "There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart". With the average American consuming 42.5 grams of food each day, you may find yourself eating less cheese if you want the maximum benefits. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said. Overall, though, the news is good for cheese lovers.

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