Low-fat Cheese Isn’t Healthier

A recent study sponsored by dairy organizations in Denmark and other countries shows that reduced-fat cheeses may not be any healthier than regular versions. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

For the study, researchers divided 139 volunteers into three groups. For 12 weeks, the first group replaced part of their diet with three ounces of different varieties of regular cheese (25 to 32 percent fat) every day. The second group replaced part of their daily diet with three ounces of low-fat cheese (13 to 16 percent fat) and the third group replaced part of their diet with bread and jam.

At the end of the study period, blood tests showed no difference in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, fasting glucose, or other blood chemistry markers among the three study groups. The group that ate regular cheese showed a slight increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. None of the groups experienced significant weight loss or gain.

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Sourced from: The New York Times, When Choosing Cheese, Low-Fat May Not Matter