We keep stressing out about what we eat, but sometimes we get one of those studies that kind of makes us sure of our place in the world. This study on cheese health benefits is the good news we personally needed today.
I have been quite obsessed with cheese lately, because getting a new roommate made my finances more bearable the past couple of months, while she also has a fondness for cheese that makes her bring all kinds of goodies home. We have been having fancy cheese lately like it’s a nonstop holiday and I adore her for that, to be honest.
But finding out that cheese is also pretty good for us? That’s a definite bonus. A Canadian study says that cheesy products are the key to living a longer life, so who am I to argue with these cheese health benefits?
The research on cheese health benefits
Researchers from McMaster University in Canada published a study in the medical journal The Lancet. They looked at 130,000 people between the ages of 35 and 70 years old and took notes on their dietary habits. The people were then separated into two camps: ones with reduced-fat dairy and full-fat dairy habits.
So what did they find out? Having more than two servings of cheese a day lowered the risk of having a stroke, and cardiovascular disease. They also found that yogurt and milk also helped with that. The participants in the study who had less than half a serving of dairy a day, the mortality rate rose to 44.4 percent overall. 5 percent of that was due to cardiovascular disease.
Mahshid Dehghan is the lead author on this study and an investigator at the Nutrition Epidemiology program at the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University. She says that “Dairy products contain a range of potentially beneficial compounds including specific amino acids, medium-chain and odd-chain saturated fats, milk fat globule phospholipids, unsaturated and branched-chain fats, natural trans fats, vitamin K1/K2, and calcium, and can further be fermented or contain probiotics, many of which may also affect health outcomes.”
There you have it! Let’s all eat more cheese!