Your cheese habit and your attempts to eat healthier no longer have to be at odds with each other; according to a new study, high-fat cheese may actually not be so bad for you.
Research On High Fat Versus Low Fat cheese
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition split 139 participants into three groups. The first ate 2.5 servings of hard and semi soft cheese each day, the second had the same amount of low fat cheese each day while the third control group had a meal of toast and jam.
After 12 weeks of this diet, researchers looked at the participants’ cholesterol levels, blood pressure, waist circumference and levels of insulin, glucose and triacylglycerol. Contrary to common expectations, the researchers found that the group eating high fat cheese had no change in their cholesterol, waist size or blood pressure.
In fact, for some participants, their health actually improved; their levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol went up.
However, it’s important to note that the study was sponsored in part by various dairy companies.
Nevertheless, recent research in Japan has also found that cheese is beneficial to the health; it reduces fat accumulation in the liver and helps us sleep better.