Cheese is one of the most delicious foods on earth, but it’s usually considered more of a guilty pleasure than a healthy staple — until now. Wonderful new research suggests eating a little bit of cheese every day might actually have serious health benefits. Hallelujah!
According to a review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, people who ate a moderate amount of cheese daily were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or suffer a stroke than those who ate no cheese.
Best. News. EVER!
This research comes on the heels of another recent study that pretty much declared Swiss cheese a superfood because of its abundance of the probiotic Propionibacterium freudenreichii (a bacteria that helps reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces the risk of certain diseases and promotes longevity). In addition to slowing down the aging process, this probiotic may have immunity-boosting powers. Also — very importantly — it’s amazing on a turkey sandwich.
Anyway, back to the benefits of daily cheese noshing: Researchers wanted to know exactly how regularly eating cheese affected an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease in the long run.
They analyzed 15 separate studies that included more 200,000 people, and the results were surprising. People who consumed a lot of cheese were 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and had a 10 percent lower risk of having a stroke than people who ate little to no cheese.
Now before you start drowning every dish in melted brie, there is a disclaimer: Eating gigantic quantities of queso won’t improve your chances of good health. According to the study, the optimal amount is about 40 grams per day, which equates to 1.4 ounces. And, on average, Americans are already consuming about 42.5 grams a day, so there’s no need to clear out the cheese section of your grocery store.
The Independent also validly points out that, as with a lot of other research, this review doesn’t provide a cause-and-effect relationship between cheese consumption and the lessoned chance of experiencing either of the aforementioned health conditions. There could be a variety of explanations, including the simple fact that the people who tend to eat a moderate amount of cheese practice a lot of other healthy habits.
So if you do want to start eating cheese every day (and who doesn’t?) keep in mind that not all cheeses are created equal and — we know you’re bored of hearing it, but it’s important — practice moderation.
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What Do YOU Think?
Are you surprised by the health benefits of eating cheese daily? How often do you consume cheese? What do you consider the healthiest cheeses?