Break out the cheese board — why indulging in fancy fromage could be good for you
Here’s a great excuse to get cheesy.
Eating a daily serving of 40 grams of any kind of cheese – the size of a matchbox – could reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease or stroke, new research from the European Journal of Nutrition suggests.
Chinese researchers at Soochow University studied the health outcomes of more than 200,000 people across the U.S. and Europe and found that those who ate a little cheese every day ended up 14% less likely to develop coronary heart disease, and 10% less likely to suffer a stroke, the data suggests.
Researchers also found that those eating the equivalent of 40 grams of fromage per day (they did not mention a specific kind), had the lowest risk of heart disease and that cheese raises levels of “good” cholesterol, while also decreasing levels of “bad” cholesterol.
While cheese may contain a lot of saturated fat, researchers believe that the calcium aids in reducing how much of it actually gets absorbed by the body. It’s also believed to contain an acid that can help prevent arteries from clogging.
“Cheese contains saturated fatty acids but also has potentially beneficial nutrients,” the authors wrote, adding: “It’s unclear how long-term consumption affects the development of cardiovascular disease.”
Earlier this summer, researchers in South Korea dubbed Swiss cheese superfood because it contains a specific probiotic (propionibacterium freudenreichii), a healthy bacteria that nourishes and protects cells of the gut and intestinal from many of the damages caused by your daily diet. It’s also said to have anti-inflammatory properties like blueberries and kale.
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