New research claiming cheese will improve your heart-health should be not be taken with a grain of salt, but with a plate of crackers and cured meats.
Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the just-released study was conducted by analyzing the results of 15 previous studies that examined the relationship between the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and long-term cheese consumption.
After combing through all the findings — which included data on the diets of more than 200,000 Americans and Europeans — the researchers found a daily serving of 40 grams of cheese (the equivalent of roughly two toothpick appetizer-sized blocks of cheese) could reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease or stroke.
In a further finding that should make Big Dairy curdle with glee, the team found individuals who ate a little bit of cheese daily were 14% less likely to develop coronary heart disease overall.
The findings, if accurate, are encouraging, but should not be taken as an excuse to go for seconds at your office holiday party. Why? According to the review, the average American eats about 42.5 grams of cheese a day already.
Good news for your heart, we suppose.