A diet rich in cheese might be good for our health actually, according to a new study.
A group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese could help to improve health by increasing our levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – thought to offer protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
The scientist conducted a 12-week cheese test with 139 individuals to discover how full-fat cheese can affect our bodies in various ways.
They split the subjects up into three groups. The first group were told to eat 80g of regular high-fat cheese every full day, the second group ate 80g of reduced-fat cheese, while the other group didn’t eat cheese and ate 90g of bread and jam every day instead.
The scientist report, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that complete non e of the groups experienced a change in their levels of “evil” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – that is thought to be counterproductive to great heart health – those that ate the common high-fat cheese saw an increase in their levels of “nice” HDL cholesterol.
Diets containing high levels of protein, vitamin and calcium D, among other bioactive nutrients can be an essential part of a prudent weight loss or weight maintenance diet.
This isn’t the first time a study has linked cheese to good health. A recent study from Japan found that cheese consumption prevents fat accumulation in the liver and has the potential to improve serum lipid parameters – how we measure for cardiovascular risk.
Meanwhile, a little 2015 study found that cheese could be the key to a faster metabolism and reduced obesity.
Hanne Bertram, a food scientist at Aarhus University in Denmark, compared urine and fecal samples from 15 men whose diets either contained milk or cheese, or ate a diet with butter but no other dairy products.
Bertram found that those who ate cheese had greater levels of butyric acid, a compound that has been linked to reduced obesity and greater metabolism. The higher buty rate levels were linked to a reduction in cholesterol.
In 2012, research suggested it was particularly Roquefort cheese that helped guard against cardiovascular disease, leading to good longevity and health, while in 2009 an Australian study suggested a diet high in dairy products, such as cheese, could help overweight persons lose weight.
Volunteers were put on a calorie-reduced diet but some were asked to eat more cheese, low fat milk and yogurt and cheese. Those who increased their dairy intake lost the most weight, had lower blood pressure and “significantly improved” their chances of avoiding heart disease and diabetes.