Say Cheese!

cheeseIf an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what do you think a few slices of cheese can do? According to a new study, it could help lower the risks heart disease.

 From Newsweek.com:

Cheese, with its high fat content, isn’t typically thought of as a heart-healthy food. But a new review of studies has good news for Brie fans: cheese may actually prevent heart attacks.

From their findings, the (research) team found that people who ate a small serving of cheese (about the size of a box of matches) regularly decreased their chances of developing coronary heart disease by 14 percent. The risk of having a stroke was lowered by 10 percent with this small helping of dairy.

According to Medical News Today, “In total, the studies included more than 200,000 participants, and the effects of cheese intake were monitored for more than 10 years. The majority of studies included subjects who were free of CVD (CardioVascular Disease) at study baseline. The analysis revealed that people who regularly consumed cheese were up to 18 percent less likely to develop CVD, up to 14 percent less likely to develop CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), and up to 10 percent less likely to have a stroke, compared with those who had a low cheese intake.

And Yahoo.com explained why, researchers think, cheese may actually be good for you.

The researchers believe that cheese’s calcium stops fat being absorbed by the body while raising levels of good cholesterol. An acid that helps prevent the clogging of arteries is also thought to be found in fromage. The study sums it up nicely, saying: “It contains saturated fatty acids but also has potentially beneficial nutrients.”

AOL.com put together a short video on the potential health benefits of cheese. You can check it out by clicking here or on the picture below.

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Now, before you go running out to buy up all the cheddar, brie, and gouda you can get your hands on, you might want to take a look at the story on NetDoctor. An excerpt is below:

Speaking to The Express, Tracey Parker – senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation – said that, although a moderate intake of cheese can be beneficial, too much will have the opposite effect.

“In the run-up to Christmas the prospect of tucking into a festive cheese board is probably quite tempting, but while cheese is a great source of protein and calcium, it is often high in saturated fat and salt. That means eating too much could contribute to high cholesterol and high blood pressure.”

It’s interesting to learn that cheese, long thought of as naughty….is now being looked at as nice for the heart! Share your thoughts on this study and whether you think it will change the way you think about cheese….or how often you eat it. Generating conversations around the health stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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