You have probably been warned to avoid high-fat cheese if you want to be healthy, but Danish researchers say it may be a secret to healthy life.
According to a new study at the University of Copenhagen, high level consumption of HDL cholesterol through high-fat cheese could actually protect us from metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
The study was based on a 12-week test and included 139 participants.
They split the subjects up into three groups. The first group were told to eat 80g of regular high-fat cheese every day, the second group ate 80g of reduced-fat cheese, while the third group didn’t eat cheese and ate 90g of bread and jam each day instead.
The researchers report, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that while none of the groups experienced a change in their levels of “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – which is thought to be counterproductive to good heart health – those that ate the regular high-fat cheese saw an increase in their levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
This has been tested even by Japanese researchers. They found out that by eating fatty cheese you prevent liver fat accumulation even it sounds illogical.
Another study linked eating cheese with faster metabolism and weight loss.
Hanne Bertram, a food scientist at Aarhus University in Denmark, compared urine and fecal samples from 15 men whose diets either contained cheese or milk, or ate a diet with butter but no other dairy products.
Bertram found that those who ate cheese had higher levels of butyric acid, a compound which has been been linked to reduced obesity and higher metabolism. The higher butyrate levels were linked to a reduction in cholesterol.
In 2012, research suggested it was specifically Roquefort cheese that helped guard against cardiovascular disease, leading to good health and longevity, while in 2009 an Australian study suggested a diet high in dairy products, such as cheese, could help overweight people lose weight.
Volunteers were put on a calorie-reduced diet but some were asked to eat more cheese, yogurt and low fat milk. Those who increased their dairy intake lost the most weight, had lower blood pressure and “significantly improved” their chances of avoiding heart disease and diabetes.
If eating fat cheeses is the secret to healthy life, then it should be a flavorful life.