Is cheese really good for your heart?


Colorful tables of cheese like this McCadam Muenster adorned tables at the American Cheese Society's 2003 judging results. (Aug. 2, 2003/Contra Costa Times/Karl Mondon)

Bring on the brie, people. Get fresh with the fondue pot. Just in time for the decadent splendor of the holidays, here comes a new international study that suggests that eating cheese every day may actually be good for the ticker. But is it too good to be true?

As Time noted, new research published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that cheese, traditionally considered as bad for you as it is yummy, found that people 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.

Colorful tables of cheese like this McCadam Muenster adorned tables at the American Cheese Society’s 2003 judging results. (Aug. 2, 2003/Contra Costa Times/Karl Mondon)

Although cheese has high levels of saturated fat, which is usually associated with high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and an increased risk of heart disease, this study suggests that it may also have some real upsides. Cheese is also high in things that are beneficial to the body such as calcium, protein and probiotics, the study suggests. So instead of being a heart attack on a plate, cheese might be actually be good for your heart.

The people who consumed high levels of cheese actually had a 14% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who never nibbled on cheese, as Time noted.

Before you get too giddy about gouda, remember that this project, which analyzed 15 different studies that lasted a decade or more, involved people who didn’t have cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. So if you know you have heart disease, none of this applies to you, as US News and World Report pointed out.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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