Eating a piece of cheese daily may lower heart risk

If you ever needed a reason to have cheese daily, a new study may be the perfect excuse you needed.

Beaujolias Nouveau Day cheese by Valerie Hinojosa

An analysis of 200,000 people showed that those who ate a little bit of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who rarely or never ate it at all.

The researchers compiled data from 15 studies in which participants were tracked over 10 years.

It was found that people who consumed high levels of cheese had a 14 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and were 10 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese. Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, remarked that the findings were “certainly different from what people might expect”.

Healthy people tended to eat about 40g per day, about the size of a matchbox.

And the reasons are that cheese tended to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase ‘good’ cholesterol. Also add, calcium resulting in lower absorption of fat plus acidity lowering clogging of arteries.

Wait. Does this mean there is no heart disease in France and Switzerland. Wait, they said 40g only.

Drat!

with information from the New York Daily News