Cheese for your Heart?

sargentoCheese: One of God’s great gifts to Earthlings.

Now. a new study suggests cheese – at least the low fat variety, may be good for your heart.

Yep. In a study of middle-aged adults, frequent servings of low-fat dairy products appeared to significantly reduce levels of heart-hampering inflammatory compounds.


Say Cheese 

C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. And all three compounds were significantly lower in people who got 11 to 14 servings of low-fat dairy products each week compared with people who got fewer than 8 servings. It’s good news for your taste buds and your heart, because reducing the number of inflammatory compounds in your body may help protect you from heart disease.

Do More Dairy
Full-fat versions of dairy products are rich in saturated fat, and that means trouble for both your heart and your waistline. But low-fat and nonfat versions are rich in protein, B vitamins, and minerals that have been credited with everything from reducing the risk of high blood pressure to lowering homocysteine — a protein linked to heart disease.

In the recent study, a cup of low-fat milk or yogurt or an ounce of cheese each counted as a serving. And every little serving helped. Eating just one extra serving of low-fat dairy per week resulted in a measurable decrease in inflammation.

So, I say bring back the cheese (low fat, of course) and enjoy life again.


One thought on “Cheese for your Heart?

  1. Emily—–I heard a doctor on TV recommend the hard type of cheese—particularly, Gouda, and mentioned some others that I cannot recall—-but he did throw in the name of Edam ( as in MSU’s specialty!).

    Shirley D.

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