While low-fat dairy products are considered more favorable than high-fat dairy products by federal nutrition guidelines, the meta-analysis found limited evidence that high-fat dairy could increase the risk of CVD, CHD, or stroke compared to low-fat dairy.
There is good news for lactose lovers, researchers have found that a little bit of cheese every day might be good for you.
Researchers from China and the Netherlands analyzed data gathered from 15 previous studies where numerous participants were tracked for at least 10 years. Overall, people who consumed high levels of cheese 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. All but one of the studies excluded people with existing heart disease, and all but two tracked people for 10 years or more.
Just eat it in moderation because of the saturated fats and sodium levels. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect".
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. Importantly, they are observational, so they do not prove a causal association between cheese intake and better cardiovascular health.
Researchers suggest that eating a small amount of cheese every day may benefit heart health.
As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties".
Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation. While it may seem like a lot of the dairy product, it's an average of 36 grams per day, which is slightly less than the amount recommended by researchers. Still, the fact that cheese benefits exist that may outweigh the negatives of saturated fat is encouraging.