Cheese really reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and offers many health benefits

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published multiple studies on the relationship between cardiovascular health, the content of fat in the blood and the consumption of saturated fats found in cheese. Most US dietary guidelines suggest keeping consumption of saturated fats to a minimum, as it is believed that they increase cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    But since 2017, the new findings show that one should look at the entire food item, rather than the individual nutrients, to determine if it is not healthy. A report published last May in the same magazine details the "Effect of dietary matrix": a phenomenon that involves the differences between the effects of whole foods and the unique nutrients.

    The dairy food matrix, in particular, seems to show the opposite of what the fatty foods guidelines suggest. Cheese, for example, has been shown in the past and present to significantly reduce LDL and HDL cholesterol levels compared to butter. It was discovered that high-fat yogurt reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 12%, while other high-fat products such as milk, cream, and cheese are left behind.

    The speculation is that within the creamy goodness of the cheese, the nutrient molecules are enclosed within complex structures called matrices that your body needs time to dismantle. The slower release of these nutrients into our bloodstream seems to benefit healthy cardio-metabolic function.

    In contrast, the dairy food matrix of butter has been linked to increased levels of cholesterol and other markers of disease, suggesting that each element of food needs careful consideration.

    However, later in the report, a stronger case was made for the consumption of whole cheese when observations were collected on the results of studies comparing cheese and other dairy products with supplements.

    Calcium, vitamin D and protein are all commonly supplemented nutrients that are also present in cheese. However, for markers of weight loss, bone density and blood pressure, real cheese won with supplements.

    The extensive report concluded with a reminder that cheese and other whole milk products are linked to an inverse effect, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, coronary heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, along with the effectiveness of cheese. a method of delivering vital nutrients.

    Now it's more than a year later and the effect of the milk matrix is still being investigated, with this new study from the Food and Health Institute that compares the effect of cheese and butter with all the fat on LDL cholesterol levels. Again, even though the saturated fat content is similar, the effect on cardio-metabolic health varies significantly.

    The report of the dairy food matrix is enough for a cheese lover to jump for joy, and more research is always needed to fully understand the role that any type of food plays in our long-term health, cheese - cheese - fromage - Formaggio - Kase, it seems to be clear.


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