Researchers from China and the Netherlands analyzed data gathered from 15 previous studies where numerous participants were tracked for at least 10 years.
The researchers believe that cheese's calcium stops fat being absorbed by the body while raising levels of good cholesterol. (But the findings were) certainly different from what people might expect. On the contrary, people in the study who took advantage of cheese benefits by eating a little each day were less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, when compared to those who rarely eat cheese.
The analysis revealed that people who regularly consumed cheese were up to 18 percent less likely to develop CVD, up to 14 percent less likely to develop CHD, and up to 10 percent less likely to have a stroke, compared with those who had a low cheese intake.
They found people who ate small amounts of cheese daily had better heart health than people who abstained or ate it rarely.
"This is not the same as eating a big slice of cheesy pizza every day", Dr. Allen Stewart of Mount Sinai Medical Center's Ichan School of Medicine clarified.
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Stewart was not involved in the study.
The link between cheese and lowered heart disease risks might be because people who eat cheese every day are already healthier, or have enough income to afford the habit, the researchers point out. Recent research shows, however, that saturated fat may be more benign than we think.
As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties". "Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", he says. But the benefits outweigh the bad when it comes to cheese. That means the average American who eats 42.5 grams per day is right on the money. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable", Stewart said. Now, a new saturated fat has fallen under the scrutiny of researchers: cheese.
"We're always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis", he says.