Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You

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Although many people look at cheese as a sort of "cheat food" due to its high fat content, a new research review suggests that it might not actually be that bad for you.

It found that people who ate small amounts of cheese daily were less likely to have a stroke or develop heart disease than people who abstained or ate it rarely. Those who got the most benefit were eating about a matchbook sized serving of cheese a day.

Experts, however, warn that this is not linear - in short, the study does not mean that people should start consuming blocks of cheese to prevent heart disease. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect".

"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. The statistics are compared to people who never or rarely ate cheese.

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Just eat it in moderation because of the saturated fats and sodium levels.

The link between cheese and lowered heart disease risks might be because people who eat cheese every day are already healthier, or have enough income to afford the habit, the researchers point out. "The key takeaway from this study is an important one: Cheese, as a part of a veggie-heavy, plant-based diet can be as beneficial as it is delicious", she says."All foods can fit as a part of a balanced meal plan".

"Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", Stewart told Time. Researchers didn't specify whether one type of cheese was better than the rest. "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".

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