Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Eating Cheese Daily May Be Good For You, Study Finds

Eating Cheese Daily May Be Good For You, Study Finds Eating Cheese Daily May Be Good For You, Study Finds
Melissa Porter | 07 December, 2017, 13:35

But a new study shows that eating cheese on a daily basis might actually be good for you. It may very well be that the people who ate cheese and had lower risks of heart disease may have been doing something else to make sure they were healthy, such as exercising.

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.

Overall, people who consumed high levels of cheese were 10 percent less likely to have a stroke and 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease than participants who consumed no cheese.

The average American consumes over 34 pounds of cheese a year, though some shy away from eating the dairy product due to its high-fat content which has been known to contribute to higher cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Still, the fact that cheese benefits exist that may outweigh the negatives of saturated fat is encouraging.

The director of aortic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center added that the new report is great for cheese lovers, but people should not overindulge on the tasty snack. More isn't necessarily better, though.

Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation.

Cheese contains vitamins A, K and D along with calcium, zinc, magnesium and protein.

The study also failed to look at various kinds of cheeses, which might have yielded different results as there are certain kinds that include more benefits or risks than the typical cheese.

But researchers warned that daily cheese eaters weren't consuming a huge amount. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said.

So even though the news that cheese consumption might actually be positive or beneficial is exciting, it's not a reason to stock the fridge full of your favorite bries and mozzarella.

"We're always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis", he says.