From their findings, the team found that people who ate a small serving of cheese (about the size of a box of matches) regularly decreased their chances of developing coronary heart disease by 14 percent.
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The 15 studies, which included 200,000 participants, were selected for analysis based on meeting the following criteria: the study design was prospective; the exposure of interest was cheese consumption; the outcome of interest was fatal/nonfatal CVD, CHD, or stroke; and RRs (relative risk) with corresponding 95% Cis (confidence interval) were reported or could be estimated. All but one of the studies excluded people with existing heart disease, and all but two tracked people for 10 years or more. This doesn't mean you should start eating a block of cheese, or slices of pizza every day, because cheese does have high levels of saturated fat, that is linked to high cholesterol and poor lipid profiles.
The relationship, however, was U-shaped rather than linear-meaning that higher quantities of cheese were not necessarily better. The key, as with most foods, is to consume it in moderation.
Generally, cheese has always been the scourge of every health-conscious person who wants to make sure they have a balanced diet while still loving themselves enough to partake in the simple joy of one of Earth's greatest pleasures. "Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", he says.
As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties". "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable". But the benefits outweigh the bad when it comes to cheese. Researchers didn't specify whether one type of cheese was better than the rest.