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"Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good For You" - Amanda MacMillan

  • Time Magazine
  • (December 05, 2017)

Cheese is typically more of an indulgence food than a health food, but a new review of research suggests that it may not be as bad for you as you once thought. In fact, people in the analysis who ate a little bit of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate cheese. Cheese, like other dairy products, contains high levels of saturated fats – which has been linked to high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and an increased risk of heart disease. But cheese also contains potentially beneficial ingredients like calcium, protein, and probiotics, wrote the authors of the new paper, published in the European Journal of Nutrition. The researchers’ findings were “certainly different from what people might expect,” said Allan Stewart, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular surgery and director of aortic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who was not involved in the new analysis. Overall, people who consumed high levels of cheese had a 14 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and were ten percent less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese. Dr. Stewart points out that the study was only able to find an association between cheese consumption and decreased risk of heart disease, rather than a cause-and-effect relationship. It could be that people who eat cheese on a daily basis are healthier overall, or have more disposable income and higher socioeconomic statuses.

- Allan Stewart, MD, Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Surgery, Director, Aortic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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