Cheese Is Good For You Again, Studies Show

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People with the greatest health benefits from cheese ate around 40 grams per day, which is the size of a matchbook. To such conclusion Chinese scientists from Soochow University on the basis of a number of case studies.

Cheese is undoubtedly one of our favorite foods. Now, cheese-lovers can sleep well knowing that their midnight snack or post-night-out cheese fry indulgence is actually good for them. Now, a new saturated fat has fallen under the scrutiny of researchers: cheese. The research relies mostly on self-reported data, which can be unreliable, and only shows a correlation - not a direct cause-and-effect. The majority of studies included subjects who were free of CVD at study baseline. People who ate a large amount of cheese had a 14% lower risk of developing heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese.

But researchers warned that the daily cheese-eaters weren't consuming a huge amount. Also relevant is the fact that different types of cheese weren't studied, meaning that some may be better or worse for you in terms of reducing risk of heart disease and stroke.

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But don't stock up on the Cheddar just yet; both studies have their own limitations.

However, it is hard to conclude whether these associations had any influence on the study results.

While low-fat dairy products are considered more favorable than high-fat dairy products by federal nutrition guidelines, the meta-analysis found limited evidence that high-fat dairy could increase the risk of CVD, CHD, or stroke compared to low-fat dairy. Authors of the report state that basically, the high calcium levels (good) in cheese act to block some of the saturated fats (bad) in the delicious dairy product, balancing out the nutritional value ratio.

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