(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new study revealed an association between regular cheese consumption and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Two teams of British and Chinese researchers found that cheese can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 14%, and the risk of stroke by 10% respectively if it is consumed daily.
The research team at Reading University believe the new revelations are at odds with decades of public health recommendations that set a cap on the dairy intake.
Australian public health authorities confirmed that cheese is important for the human health. According to official guidelines, an adult should get at least 2.5 serves of dairy every day, with one serve being 40 grams of cheese.
Australian experts also recommend that more than half of cheese or other dairy products should have a low-fat content. Some varieties of cheese can be extremely fatty. This is why the British Heart Foundation advises heart disease patients to forgo cheese and replace it with yogurt or milk.
A separate team of researchers from China analyzed the data on cheese’s health benefits in 15 studies that were published earlier. The meta-analysis enabled the researchers to reach conclusive findings even though the original studies were relatively small.
Cheese Reduces Heart Disease Risk
Soochow University researchers found that regular cheese consumption can have a beneficial effect on one’s heart. Participants who agreed to eat one serve of cheese per day saw their heart disease risk go down dramatically.
The Chinese team explained that cheese is beneficial even though it contains saturated fatty acids. Researchers couldn’t assess the full impact on the cardiovascular health of long-term cheese consumption.
Past research has shown that cheese does more good to our health than bad because of its nutrients. All varieties of cheese are rich in calcium. A single ounce of mozzarella or cheddar cheese contains 20% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, which is 200 mg.
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