Eat Cheese, Don’t Die
Eating moderate amounts of cheese each day—40 grams or 1 ½ ounces—is associated with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a meta-analysis involving 15 observational studies and 200,000 participants, reports DAIRYreporter.com. The study was published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
The researchers concluded that there was an inverse relationship between cheese consumption and total risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke. “We found that high, compared with low, cheese consumption was significantly associated with 10 to 14% lower risk of CVD and its subgroups,” write researchers.
The study also found limited evidence that high-fat cheese increases the risk of CVD, CHD or stroke. One study, involving 153 participants in a randomized controlled trial, showed that high-fat cheese consumption did not increase total cholesterol or LDL-C levels and reduced triglycerides.
There was also some evidence that cheese consumption lowers the risk of CVD in women, but these results did not reach the level of statistical significance.