I don’t know about you, but cheese is has always confused me when it comes to heart health. Certain cheeses are, in fact, a staple in the Mediterranean Diet, which is one of the best diets you can eat for your blood pressure and cholesterol. But, there are a myriad of other cheeses that you’re not supposed to touch if you’re trying to keep your blood pressure low.
I mean, take this article from The Huffington Post just a few months ago…
Live your life, but don’t use this research as an excuse to pile it on.
Data shows that saturated fat found in cheese and dairy can raise cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
“[This research] doesn’t turn over the fact that saturated fat raises your LDL cholesterol,” Gardner said. “We’re really worried how it’s going be interpreted if this [perceived] lack of harm found using this type of analysis is a vindication for piling it on. But we really do want you to enjoy your food and we want it to be consistent with the science.”
Gardner says rather than get caught up in specific ingredients, consume reasonably-sized portions of both nutritious foods and indulgent foods like cheese.
And truly savor that serving. After all, it’s delicious.
And then there’s the brand new research that just emerged saying cheese is actually good for your heart…
CHEESE lovers rejoice — eating a portion of the good stuff could reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study shows.
Researchers in China found the same amount could lower the risk of a stroke by 10 per cent.
A British study carried out earlier in the year also found that almost one million people saw no increased risk with regular cheese consumption.
Scientists at Reading University said their findings questioned years of public health advice on limiting dairy foods intake.
As a result, the British Heart Foundation recommends heart disease patients get the nutrients they might find in cheese from other products like milk and yoghurt, to cut down on kilojoules.
In the latest study, experts at Soochow University in Suzhou, China, pooled results from 15 earlier studies on cheese and heart risk.
This technique, called a meta-analysis, is often used when individual studies are too small to produce conclusive findings.
They found eating cheese frequently appeared to be beneficial for the heart rather than harmful.
Volunteers eating around 40g a day — about the size of a small matchbox — saw the greatest reduction in risk to their health.
In a report on their findings researchers said: “Cheese contains saturated fatty acids but also has potentially beneficial nutrients.
“It’s unclear how long-term consumption affects the development of cardiovascular disease.
“This study suggests an inverse association between cheese and health.”
So, what’s the verdict? Are you a big cheese eater? If so, consider this: everything in moderation. That truly is the key to a happy heart with low blood pressure. A little exercise. A little laughter. A little cheese and wine. Youc an have the joyful things in life without overdoing it.
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