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More Cheese, Please! Eating Cheese Every Day Could Be Good for Your Health

posted: 12/14/17
by: Amanda Mushro
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If a plate of delicious cheeses seem like an overindulgence and you would normally pass on the brie or Gouda, it may be time to rethink cheese. Instead of it being a calorie-laden treat, your favorite cheese might be the newest heart-healthy, super food.

According to a new study, researchers at Soochow University in China examined 15 previous studies which tracked the diet and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people. What they found was that people who ate cheese every day, about a matchbox sized portion, were 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease, and their chances of having a stroke were 10 percent lower. So instead of skipping the cheese on your sandwich--go ahead and add a few slices.

Wait, aren't we supposed to go easy on the cheese because of the high levels of saturated fat? According to the researchers of the study, the calcium in the cheese reduces how much fat actually gets absorbed by the body. Plus cheese also contains conjugated linoleic acid--which is an unsaturated fatty acid that may increase the amount of 'good' HDL cholesterol in our bodies and decrease 'bad' LDL levels.

Before you toss out all of your fruits and veggies and replace them with cheddar and mozzarella, researchers note there is no proof of a causal relationship but a link between eating cheese and heart disease. So go easy on that holiday party, cheese board.

If you want to get a jumpstart on your healthy cheese eating, here's a few cheese-filled recipes to add into your dinner rotation.