If you think of cheese as an extension of yourself, then we have some good news for you. While cheese on its own is still full of fat and calories, eating full-fat cheese can actually be better for your heart in the long run. The study, recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen for a 12-week period, reports Town and Country.
Here's what went down: One-third of the 139 adult participants ate 80 grams of high-fat cheese a day, while the second group ate 80 grams of reduced-fat cheese per day. The third group, sadly, did not get to eat any cheese, but instead consumed 90 grams of bread and jam every day. The researchers measured the participants' good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels at the end of the 12-week period, finding that changes in bad cholesterol levels were not dependent on the type of cheese consumed. What's more, they weren't significantly different between the full-fat cheese group and the bread and jam group. Finally, the full-fat cheese consumers experienced a greater spike in good cholesterol levels, as compared to the no cheese group.
In an effort to turn this into an all-out cheese celebration, it's also worth noting that cheese is actually a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D when consumed sparingly, according to Time.
One final red flag, though: This study was partially financed by a group of dairy manufacturers, meaning the scientists were likely encouraged to highlight the positive aspects of cheese consumption. That being said, it's still helpful to know the difference between high-fat and reduced-fat cheeses when strolling through the dairy aisle at the grocery store.
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