Eating cheese every day may help to protect heart health

Eating cheese daily may cut risk of heart attack and stroke, new study suggests

With it's high fat content, Cheese isn't typically thought of as a heart-healthy food. Researchers suggest that eating around 40 grams (or 1.41 ounces) of cheese every day could help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Researchers in China and New Zealand examined 15 studies from PubMed and EMBASE that involved cheese to better understand the relationship between cheese and heart disease. They found that overall, people who ate more cheese had a 14% less chance of developing heart disease and were 10% less at risk of having a stroke, compared to those who did not eat cheese at all. The majority of these studies included only people without heart disease and tracked participants for ten years or more. In 2015, the population of the United States consumed the equivalent of of cheese per person, with Cheddar and mozzarella being the most popular choices. Importantly, they are observational, so they do not prove a causal association between cheese intake and better cardiovascular health.

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While cheese contains some nutrients that are beneficial to health - such as, zinc, and A and B-12 - it is also, which can increase levels and raise the risk of and. 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.

As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties". "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said.

Cheese, glorious cheese. When Christmas comes around, we love the pungent stuff even more than usual. "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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