Every few years, it seems there is a new superfood introduced. However, this time the superfood is not a fruit or seed that grows in some faraway land. Instead, it’s cheese. Cheese is amongst one of the most well-loved foods, and for good reason because it’s delicious. Not only does it pair well with a multitude of different things but it also serves as a protein pack snack for on-the-go fuel.
Well, we may have some good news for you. A study conducted at Canada’s McMaster University revealed that participants who consumed two servings of cheese every day were less likely to experience a stroke and heart disease. The study considered 130,000 35 to 70-year-olds residing in 21 different countries.
Now if that’s not enough to convince you to start stuffing your face with cheesy goodness then you may be convinced when you hear that those who did not consume cheese had a 44% higher rate of mortality.
Because of these findings, it may be safe to say that it’s time to start re-thinking how we feel about dairy products.
“The study supports evidence that saturated fats from dairy probably apart from butter are not associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, unlike some other sources,” explained Ian Givens, Professor of Food Chain Nutrition at Reading University.
While it’s still in the early stages of saying that it can actually extend life, we can take comfort in the fact that cheese is not as harmful to us as we once thought. Over the past few years, cheese has gotten a bad reputation, as people have blamed it for their digestive issues, but the good news is that it’s certainly not the food to blame when it comes to cardiovascular disease.
Now, instead of passing on the cheese tray at a party or omitting it from your sandwich, due to concern over heart issues, it may be time to start adding it to your daily diet.
Known as one of the hardest ingredients to avoid, cheese is a part of almost every single meal that we consume throughout the day. It’s not odd to see it blended with scrambled eggs for breakfast, topped on a sandwich for added flavor at lunch, and of course on pizza and in casseroles for dinner. While it may be high in fat, it’s also super high in protein, making it a go-to snack for your energy levels. It’s the perfect snack for those who are on the low-carb diet, which is proving to be one of the healthiest diets to be on. By lowering your carb intake, you naturally improve your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure. A low-carb diet is also said to help benefit those with diabetes as it stabilizes blood sugar levels, especially if you snack more often throughout the day.
Low-carb diets are also responsible for a drop in triglycerides, which are fat molecules that circulate in your bloodstream and up your risk of heart disease. People who are sedentary and on high-carb diets are more likely to have high triglyceride levels and prone to heart disease, so it’s never a good thing to consume too many carbs.
Cheese goes hand-in-hand with a low-carb diet and will be your best friend when it comes to keeping you satisfied and full for a long time.
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