Health benefits to cheese?

Study: 40g of cheese a day reduces stroke or heart attack risk

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Eating 40g of cheese a day may reduce heart attack and stroke risk

"Eating a small portion of cheese every day could reduce your chance of developing heart disease or stroke," reports The Independent.

Chinese researchers reviewed previous studies and found a modest reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, heart attacks and stroke, of around 10% among people who ate cheese.

They said the biggest reduction in risk came from a daily portion of around 40g (1.4 oz), and that risk started to rise again when people ate larger amounts.

The study was based on 15 previous observational studies, carried out mostly in Europe and the US, which looked at the diet and health of more than 34,000 people. Because of the type of study, it's difficult to prove cheese directly caused the reduced risk of heart attack or stroke. The link may be influenced by other health and lifestyle factors, such as exercise.

People are sometimes advised to avoid cheese because some types are high in saturated fat and a high saturated fat intake is linked with cardiovascular disease. This study adds to previous research suggesting that a modest amount of cheese may actually have nutritional advantages that balance out the fat content.

It's important to note that even this study found no benefit to eating more than about 40g of cheese a day – about a matchbox sized piece.

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Milk and dairy foods - Live Well - NHS Choices

Milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are great sources of protein and calcium. To make healthier choices, go for lower-fat milk and dairy foods.

Because they're good sources of protein and calcium, milk and dairy products form part of a healthy diet.

Our bodies need protein to work properly and to grow or repair themselves. Calcium helps to keep our bones and teeth strong. The calcium in dairy foods is particularly good for us because our bodies absorb it easily.

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