The publication reported on 15 studies with more than 200,000 participants and showed that the risk of someone suffering from heart disease or a stroke was significantly less than someone who rarely, or never ate cheese. Researchers from China and the Netherlands found that people who ate small amounts of cheese daily were less likely to have strokes or develop heart disease than people who abstained or ate cheese rarely.
A 40 gram square, about the size of matchbox, was the sweet spot for health benefits.
Researchers from China and the Netherlands analyzed data gathered from 15 previous studies where numerous participants were tracked for at least 10 years.
The director of aortic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center added that the new report is great for cheese lovers, but people should not overindulge on the tasty snack. More isn't necessarily better, though.
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.
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Stewart points out that the study was only able to find an association between cheese consumption and decreased risk of heart disease, rather than a cause-and-effect relationship. People who can at least sort of digest cheese and deceptively convenient science, hello.
Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation.
Cheese is undoubtedly one of our favorite foods.
The study also failed to look at various kinds of cheeses, which might have yielded different results as there are certain kinds that include more benefits or risks than the typical cheese. 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. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said. "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".