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Cheese is healthier than believed: Research

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 14th January, 2023 03:38:54 PM
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Cheese is packed with nutrients like protein, calcium and phosphorus, and can serve a healthy purpose in the diet,” said Lisa Young, an adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University, according to The Washington Post.

As per the outlet, research shows that cheese doesn’t raise or reduce your risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and some studies show it might even be protective.

Good bacteria, lower saturated fat risks

For years, the US dietary guidelines have said eating low-fat dairy is best because whole-milk products, such as full-fat cheese, have saturated fat, which can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, a known risk for heart disease.

When milk is transformed into cheese, the process changes the way the nutrients and other components in it are chemically arranged.

Weight gain, lactose misunderstandings

Cheese also seems to reduce the risk of weight gain and several chronic diseases.

Weight gain: Cheese wasn’t associated with either gain or loss, even for people who increased the amount of it they ate during the study.

Cardiovascular disease: A large meta-analysis of 15 studies published in the European Journal of Nutrition that looked at cheese’s effect on cardiovascular disease found that people eating the most (1.5 ounces per day) had a 10 percent lower risk than those who didn’t eat any.

Diabetes and hypertension: Cheese and full-fat dairy also seem to be linked to a lower risk of both.

Lactose intolerance: Lactose, a sugar in milk, can be difficult for some people to digest, leading to diarrhoea, bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Source: Hindustan Times