New Research Says Cheese Is A Health Food (Really!)

New Research Says Cheese Is A Health Food (Really!)

While it may seem like a lot of the dairy product, it's an average of 36 grams per day, which is slightly less than the amount recommended by researchers.

A recent study showed people who eat small amounts of cheese every day are less likely to develop heart disease than those who don't eat it at all.

I'm also not going to rule out the possibility that it is Time's personal crusade to legitimize cheese as a health food, and, failing that, to sell it to their readers at all costs.

The research said eating 40 grams of cheese daily does have its benefits.

For the uninitiated, cheese has high levels of saturated fat, which has been linked to high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and increased chances of developing a heart disease. Researchers didn't specify whether one type of cheese was better than the rest.

Dutch and Chinese scientists examined dietary data from more than 200,000 people and came up with a surprising result. More isn't necessarily better, though. Some cheeses can be quite high and our total daily intake should be less than 1500 mg. The majority of studies included subjects who were free of CVD at study baseline. 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.

"This meta-analysis of prospective studies suggests a nonlinear inverse association between cheese consumption and risk of CVD."

More importantly, the nutritional content of cheese still has its own pros and cons.

What is more, both studies have links to the dairy industry; the earlier study received funding from the Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute, and Dairy Australia, while the latest study was conducted with the help researchers from the Yili Group, a dairy company based in China. Moderate cheese eaters may live healthier lifestyles or have higher incomes, leading to reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers pointed out.