How cheese affects the heart


While plenty of research has suggested that the tasty dairy product may not be great for us, the new findings will be music to the ears of cheese lovers.

In a report on their findings, researchers said that cheese is high in fat but it also contains potentially beneficial nutrients. Though cheese contains fat, it is of a type which absorbs less in the body. The Cheese particularly helps to prevent from cardiovascular diseases, the study further clarified.

Eating cheese promotes the growth of the level of "good" cholesterol and reduce the number of "bad" cholesterol in the blood, which is beneficial to the vascular system.

The team in Bath and Nottingham, England, found that fat in obese people responds less to insulin than in lean people and the decrease related to the person's total amount of body fat.

Following an analysis of 15 existing studies on the health effects of eating cheese - which took into consideration the diet and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people - researchers found that on average, people who ate one portion of cheese per day were 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 10 percent less likely to have a stroke.

Sophie Clarke, of the British Cheese Board, said, "Far from having a negative effect, a number of large studies have shown dairy products to have a protective effect on factors relating to heart health". Are you a cheese fan and do you think it could actually be better for your health?

'While it is a widely held belief, our research shows that that's wrong'.

The British Heart Foundation says cheese is a good source of vital calcium, but warns a 30g portion can account for seven per cent of overall recommended calorie intake in a day.

Cheese is also largely reach in calcium, which means that even if cheese is high in fats, but still a just a limited amount of such fat gets absorbed by the body.