Eating cheese every day may help to protect heart health

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Cheese, like other dairy products, contains high levels of saturated fat-which has been linked to high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and an increased risk of heart disease.

New research has found eating a little bit of cheese might help when it comes to the number one leading cause of death - heart disease, as well as the fifth leading cause of death, which is a stroke.

Researchers for this paper analyzed 15 studies from the US and Europe, which tracked the diets and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people. Those who ate more cheese had a 10% lower risk of having a stroke and were 14% less likely to developing coronary heart disease. The majority of these studies included only people without heart disease and tracked participants for ten years or more.

The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition this month, says people who ate around 40 grams of cheese per day - a serving about the size of a matchbox - saw the greatest reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease. The key, as with most foods, is to consume it in moderation. Now, a new saturated fat has fallen under the scrutiny of researchers: cheese.

Researchers suggest that eating a small amount of cheese every day may benefit heart health.

The attention of specialists was attracted by the fact that the people of France, who usually consume fat-rich food, including cheeses, relatively rarely suffer from heart diseases.

The findings after this research review were definitely different than expected. Importantly, they are observational, so they do not prove a causal association between cheese intake and better cardiovascular health.

But cheese also has its health benefits, like high levels of calcium and protein, and has probiotics that are good for the body, as well.

But researchers warned that daily cheese eaters weren't consuming a huge amount. Overall, though, the news is good for cheese lovers.

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