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Doctors are studying the effects of cheese on our health
There are different views on the exact effects of cheese on human health. For a long time, some experts believed that consuming cheese in people could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. But researchers have now found that there is no link between eating dairy products and an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
The University of Reading scientists found in their investigation that eating cheese and other dairy products did not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "European Journal of Epidemiology".
Many people avoid consuming high-fat cheese
The consumption of full fat cheese, milk and yoghurt is avoided by many people due to the high saturated fat content. But even these types of cheese do not increase the risk of premature death or diseases such as coronary artery disease, the scientists explain.
Experts evaluate the data from almost one million test subjects for the study
For their study, the doctors analyzed the data from 29 different examinations with a total of almost one million participants. There is a fairly widespread but misconception that dairy products are generally bad for health, stresses author Professor Ian Givens of the University of Reading.
Many people think cheese is unhealthy
There have been a lot of statements in the past five to ten years about how saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. For this reason, the belief that dairy products can cause heart attacks and strokes is widespread in public, the experts explain.
NHS advises a diet low in saturated fat
NHS guidelines, for example, suggest that people should reduce their saturated fat intake because eating a high saturated fat diet increases the level of cholesterol in the blood. This can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, the NHS staff explain in their guidelines. Men should therefore not eat more than 30g of saturated fats a day and women should not eat more than 20g. This was bad news for cheese lovers. For example, if two people share a whole baked 250g of Camembert, they will both be consuming about 19g of saturated fat, the experts say.
Overall milk consumption level is not related to increased risk of heart attacks
The University of Reading scientists found in the current study that the overall level of milk consumption is not related to an increased risk of circulatory conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. The researchers analyzed the results of previous studies from the past 35 years. They checked the health and nutrition information of 938,465 participants.
Cheese can protect people from heart disease
Earlier studies by the University of Bergen had found that fatty foods like cheese, butter and cream can help protect people from heart disease. But it is important that the total calorie intake is restricted with such a diet, the researchers say.
Losing weight is also possible with dairy products
Many people believe that eating dairy products cannot reduce weight. These people warn that you can never have a successful saturated fat diet. However, we see more of a positive metabolic response in this context, the scientists say. The energy from the diet can either be based on carbohydrates or fat, the authors further explain. It doesn't really make a difference.
Some British experts are still recommending a low-cheese diet
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) website explains that consuming lots of cheese can lead to increased blood pressure and cholesterol. The increased values increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. For this reason, the organization recommends that cheese should be eaten sensibly. Saturated fatty acids can increase the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood, which can cause fatty material to build up in your artery walls. The risk is particularly high if you have high levels of bad cholesterol, explains the UK organization's website. Perhaps these guidelines should be revised based on the current results. (as)