A study in the European Journal of Nutrition published a combination of 15 researches from China and the Netherlands proving the positive effects of cheese in the prevention of heart diseases.
With at least 200,000 participants in a period of almost 10 years, the overall result revealed that consuming 40 grams of cheese a day decreases the chances of coronary heart disease by 14 percent, and stroke by 10 percent.
“This is not the same as eating a big slice of cheesy pizza every day,” says Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who was not involved in the new analysis.
However, the relationship between the two subjects are U-shaped, as Stewart said, which means that the quantity of cheese taken does not necessarily correspond to the effects.
He rather attributed the positive effects to scientific explanations.
“Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state,” he says.
Moreover, cheese is also high in probiotics which puts people in less of an inflammatory state. In addition, it also has the component called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which may increase the amount of “good” cholesterol and decrease “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.
“We’re always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis,” he says. “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.”