I disagree. While I appreciate the researchers' enthusiasm for finding a way to justify eating cheese on health grounds, I feel certain that eating a little bit of cheese is worse than eating no cheese at all, heart disease prevention aside, because the longing one would feel for more cheese in the immediate aftermath would be almost unbearable. In fact, the participants who had the lowest risk were those who every day ate cheese, on average, that's only the size of a matchbook.
However, the relationship between consuming cheese and having lower chances of heart disease was U-shaped instead of linear, the researchers discovered, which means that higher consumption of cheese doesn't mean even lower risk of developing heart disease.
"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.
Cheese makes everything better.
While cheese is a source of saturated fat, the researchers state that it "also has potentially beneficial nutrients", such as calcium, which helps limit how much saturated fat the body absorbs. He also cautions against reading too much into data that's self-reported-as much of the data was-because people tend to over- or under-estimate their consumption of specific foods.
Stewart was not involved in the study. People who can at least sort of digest cheese and deceptively convenient science, hello. But the benefits outweigh the bad when it comes to cheese. Researchers didn't specify whether one type of cheese was better than the rest. (But the findings were) certainly different from what people might expect. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable". Even still, this is good news for cheese lovers out there. "It's promising to find that something that actually tastes good-and pairs well with a nice glass of red wine-may offer some protection, as well".