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Cheese gets a lot of flack. Some say that it has too many saturated fats, and some take issue with it being dairy. “If you’re not a baby cow, you don’t need milk,” many people have often quipped. What does the scientific evidence show?

The Results Are In…

A study conducted in China and Holland compared a group of over 150,000 people who ate cheese daily to a group who did not. The results showed a U-shaped correlation between daily cheese consumption and risk for cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and stroke.

After ten years, the group who ate cheese daily showed up to 14% less risk of cardiovascular problems.

There’s A Catch

The U-shaped correlation means that daily cheese consumption corresponds to less risk for cardiovascular diseases up to a certain point. People who ate more than forty grams of cheese each day began to show an increased risk for cardiovascular problems.

Although the original study did not give a reason for the correlation between cheese levels and risk for cardiovascular disease, it has since been proven that cheese contains a fatty acid called CLA. CLA is considered to be “good cholesterol.” Good cholesterols break down the kind of fat that builds up in the arteries and causes stroke and heart attack. This could be the reason why cheese eaters have fewer strokes.

The Meaning Of This News

Before you go dumping cheese on your plate, take this advice. While cheese has been proven not to increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, it shouldn’t be consumed in excess.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. A diet consisting of a reasonable amount of every food group is best. Cheese should only be a small component of your daily diet.