Eating cheese does not raise cholesterol, study finds

A study published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes concludes that people who eat a lot of cheese don′t necessarily have higher cholesterol levels than those who don′t.

Scientists at University College Dublin in Ireland found no link between eating cheese and increased body fat or higher LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, sometimes known as "bad" cholesterol.

Excess LDL cholesterol can cause cholesterol deposits to form on artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis (hardening and shrinking of the arteries), the main risk factor for strokes and heart attacks. Some 10,000 people in Ireland die from these diseases each year.

The researchers studied the impact of eating dairy products (on average 291g per day), such as milk, cheese, yogurt, cream and butter, on markers for body fatness and health in 1,500 Irish people aged between 18 and 90 years old. The study revealed some positive effects of dairy intake.

In fact, higher dairy intake was associated with lower body mass index (BMI), lower percentage of body fat, lower waist size and lower blood pressure.

Participants who ate a lot of cheese were not found to have higher LDL cholesterol levels than those who ate small amounts or no cheese at all.

When studying participants′ diets, the researchers found that people who regularly consumed low-fat milk and yogurt tended to have higher intakes of carbohydrates. More surprisingly, they were also found to have higher LDL cholesterol levels.

The study suggests that dairy products, particularly milk and yogurt, can be consumed as part of a healthy diet to help maintain weight and contribute to keeping blood pressure and blood glucose levels in check.

The saturated fats contained in dairy products, especially in cheese, and the nutrients they contain should be considered in the wider context of a person′s diet, the scientists conclude. "We have to consider not just the nutrients themselves but also the matrix in which we are eating them in and what the overall dietary pattern is, so not just about the food then, but the pattern of other foods we eat with them as well," said lead author Dr Emma Feeney.

Generally, a dietary intake of antioxidants like vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene, found in fruit and vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help limit the buildup of bad cholesterol on artery walls. However, all meat -- even lean meats (offal, chicken, etc.) - are sources of cholesterol, particularly offal.

According to a recent Canadian study, barley and oats could reduce the risk of heart disease linked to bad cholesterol by 7%. These two grains are particularly rich in beta-glucan, a highly viscous soluble fiber found in bran, flour, ground grains or flakes.

Most Read

★7 Healthy Hacks for Your Pumpkin Spice Latte

★The Simple 20-Minute Habit That Could Save Your Life

★15 Powerful Asanas of Yoga to Reduce Belly Fat

★WHO says strawberries may not be so safe for you

★Learn How To Do Pearl Facial At Home To Get Naturally Glowing Skin Instantly

★4 Superfoods for a Healthy Looking Skin

★Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

★Combat the Cold with Fresh Oregano Tea

★Fruitylicious cure for ageing skin

★Wash Your Face with Oil

★Grean tea could help get rid of acne

★The best effective and natural plants for a good memory

★Cooking in aluminium pans may be dangerous for your health

★Working It Out: The future of work and digital

★How you should wash your face?

★Skinny jeans and big fluffy hoods contribute to back pain

★How to Gain Weight in 7 Days to Get Rid of the Skinny You

★Man has lived with giant neck for 13 years after going to doctors for help

★Flex Your Memory Muscle

★Medication Management Tips

★Correlation Between Almonds and Weight Gain

★10 Benefits Of Climbing Stairs ? An Underdog In The World Of Fitness

★Manage oily skin in winters with these steps

★Take care of your coloured hair with Wella

★9 Simple Yoga Asanas & Tips for Weight Loss

★Five foods that can cause problems if consumed on an empty stomach!

★Five-second rule for food dropped on the floor approved by germ scientists

★Growing Propagating and Using Aloe Vera

★Skin tone linked to fruit and vegetable consumption

★Breakthrough drug restores more than 90% of lost hair in most patients

★This is how many calories your tea and coffee habit is adding to your diet EVERY DAY

★Is there a way to combat greying?

★15 Kitchen Herbs and Spices with Powerful Health Benefits

★Numerous health benefits of bitter melon (uses , side effects)

★5 Reasons Cheese is Actually Good For Your Health

★Could laser hair removal give you CANCER?

★Soda, pizza and salty food up liver disease in kids: Study

★Top Foods for Calcium and Vitamin D

★Face Scrubs and Face Packs

★Why You Probably Shouldnt Take Diet Advice from Your CrossFit Coach

★Eating cheese does not raise cholesterol, study finds

★Mans lips exploded after he became 'addicted' to fillers

★How your make-up bag could wreck your health

★Using Kalonji Seeds for Weight Loss

★8 Fruits that Burn Fat: Include Them In Your Diet For Great Health Benefits

★Why You Need to Start Combining Avocados and Peaches

★11 Realistic Methods of Stress Management

★Healthiest Foods For Women

★5 superfoods to combat hair loss

★Can Eating Bananas Help You Lose Weight?

©2023 All rights reserved.