Eating Cheese Every Day May Be Good for Your Heart

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Eating about an ounce and a half of cheese each day may cut your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke, suggests an analysis of 15 observational studies examining the effects of cheese on heart disease risk. Results of this analysis, conducted by researchers at the Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene at Soochow University's School of Public Health in China, were published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

Overall, the studies included more than 200,000 participants monitored for more than 10 years. According to the researchers, people who ate cheese regularly were as much as 18 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and up to 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease than people who ate less cheese.

In 2015, the average American ate an average of 37.1 pounds of cheese per person. Although many types of cheese are high in beneficial nutrients like calcium, zinc, and certain vitamins, most are high in saturated fat. Before you order the cheese plate, you should know that American Heart Association guidelines recommend that only 5-6 percent of your total daily calorie intake should come from saturated fats.

Sourced from: European Journal of Nutrition