Eating cheese could reduce risk of stroke, heart disease

Eating cheese could reduce risk of stroke, heart disease

Eating cheese could reduce risk of stroke, heart disease

Chinese researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies from Europe and the US, which monitored the health effects of cheese consumption in more than 200,000 people.

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.

Just eat it in moderation because of the saturated fats and sodium levels.

However, the relationship between consuming cheese and having lower chances of heart disease was U-shaped instead of linear, the researchers discovered, which means that higher consumption of cheese doesn't mean even lower risk of developing heart disease.

Cheese is typically considered more of an indulgence than a health food, but a new review of research suggests that it may not be as bad for you as once thought.

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15 studies with more than 200,000 were analyzed and researchers found those who ate roughly 40 grams of cheese a day lowered their risk for coronary heart disease by 14 percent and stroke by 10 percent. This basically means that higher quantities of cheese aren't necessarily better.

Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation.

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. In the study, too much cheese was found to be as negative as too little, with the sweet spot hitting around 40 grams a day (about the size of a matchbook).

"There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart".

Adults should get about 1,000 mg of calcium a day and one ounce of cheese gives you roughly 20 percent. "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".

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