Eating Cheese Every Day Might Actually Be Good for You

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An examination of over 15 studies by researchers in China has come to the conclusion that yes, cheese isn't actually bad for you. By conducting laboratory investigations and experiments found out that daily consumption of 40 grams of the product reduces by 14% the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 10%. People with the greatest health benefits from cheese ate around 40 grams per day, which is the size of a matchbook.

Researchers from China and the Netherlands analyzed data gathered from 15 previous studies where numerous participants were tracked for at least 10 years. 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. Recent research shows, however, that saturated fat may be more benign than we think.

The researchers' findings were "certainly different from what people might expect", says Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who was not involved in the new analysis. More isn't necessarily better, though.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that the data regarding cheese consumption was self-reported, and people are notorious for over or under-estimating the amount of food they've eaten.

But researchers warned that daily cheese eaters weren't consuming a huge amount. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable". New research supports eating cheese as part of a healthy diet too. "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".

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