The majority of these studies included only people without heart disease and tracked participants for ten years or more.
Yes, it may be high in fat but a recent study concluded that eating 40g a day can actually reduce your risk of a heart attack.
Researchers for this paper analyzed 15 studies from the USA and Europe, which tracked the diets and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people. 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. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect".
Cheese, glorious cheese. When Christmas comes around, we love the pungent stuff even more than usual. He also cautions against reading too much into data that's self-reported-as much of the data was-because people tend to over- or under-estimate their consumption of specific foods. Researchers from China and the Netherlands found that people who ate small amounts of cheese daily were less likely to have strokes or develop heart disease than people who abstained or ate cheese rarely.
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As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties". 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.
Just eat it in moderation because of the saturated fats and sodium levels. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said.
"We found that high, compared with low, cheese consumption was significantly associated with 10-14% lower risks of CVD and its subgroups", researchers wrote.
The study did not look at different types of cheeses, and Stewart says more research is needed to know whether certain varieties hold more health benefits (or risks) than others.
If you're a cheese lover, you will welcome the results of this new study with open arms. "It's promising to find that something that actually tastes good-and pairs well with a nice glass of red wine-may offer some protection, as well".