A New Study Shows Cheese Might Be Good For Your Heart

Colorful tables of cheese like this Mc Cadam Muenster adorned tables at the American Cheese Society's 2003 judging results

They found that overall, people who ate more cheese had a 14% less chance of developing heart disease and were 10% less at risk of having a stroke, compared to those who did not eat cheese at all. Moderate cheese eaters may live healthier lifestyles or have higher incomes, leading to reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers pointed out.

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To learn more about how long-term cheese consumption affects a person's risk for cardiovascular disease, researchers from China and the Netherlands combined and analyzed data from 15 observational studies including more than 200,000 people.

The findings after this research review were definitely different than expected.

The relationship, however, was U-shaped rather than linear-meaning that higher quantities of cheese were not necessarily better.

"This is not the same as eating a big slice of cheesy pizza every day", Dr. Allen Stewart of Mount Sinai Medical Center's Ichan School of Medicine clarified.

Well, sort of. The study explains that, as with anything, moderation is key.

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Stewart was not involved in the study.

Generally, cheese has always been the scourge of every health-conscious person who wants to make sure they have a balanced diet while still loving themselves enough to partake in the simple joy of one of Earth's greatest pleasures.

While cheese has gotten a bad rap, it has important nutrients including protein, calcium and probiotics, said the study. Recent research shows, however, that saturated fat may be more benign than we think.

But researchers warned that daily cheese eaters weren't consuming a huge amount. Still, the fact that cheese benefits exist that may outweigh the negatives of saturated fat is encouraging.

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