There’s been mutters lately that cheese is no longer ‘that bad’ for your health. Mutters from whom you ask? Well, the very professionals who claimed it wasn’t good for you in the first place; researchers, health specialists and dieticians.
There’s no doubt that we as humans need dairy products in our diet, they’re an important part of growing and a brilliant source of energy and protein, containing a large number of vitamins and minerals like calcium, which younger people need to help maintain healthy bones and teeth. But before, Cheese was totally avoided by some people.
Some gym-goers and weight watchers want no business in something so fatty and calorific. Cheese is high in energy density, meaning it has a lot of calories per gram. You’re more likely to put on weight if you’re not burning enough calories as you’re taking in, therefore some people may steer clear from cheese and go for something a little lighter.
An ounce of goats cheese, which is about the size of your thumb, contains 128 calories – (which made me cringe) – I’m a big cheese fan my self and I definitely love a fruity cheese board with some chutney at Christmas, but I also try to watch my weight, and with such a high density of fat in such a small portion, I can see why some people wouldn’t want it in their diets.
But we shouldn’t avoid it
Research shows us that it could actually be good for our health after all. In fact, people who eat a small amount of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate cheese. Like other dairy products, it does contain high amounts of saturated fat linking to high cholesterol and larger risks of heart disease.
Researchers and scientists from China and the Netherlands combined data from observational studies including more than 200,000 people. All but one of the studies excluded people with heart disease and all but two tracked people from 10 years or more. The researcher’s findings were said to be a shock and not what they were expecting at all. Turns out that people who ate small amounts of cheese each day had a 14% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese!
Don’t overdo it
You may be excited about this new discovery, but let’s not start having cheese on toast for breakfast, cheese sandwiches for lunch and macaroni and cheese for dinner…
The research also vividly highlighted the health problems with the people who ate too much of the stuff and that didn’t look great either. Cheese has high levels of sodium, and too much salt is never good for the human body. It again, can increase your blood pressure and make you susceptible to heart attack or a stroke.
So, the best option really is to limit your intake, the daily recommended amount each day is about as big as a matchbox, the people who ate this amount each day were overall healthier than the people who didn’t.
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