Cheese doesn’t cause heart disease – it prevents it

A 40g (one-and-a-half ounces) slice of cheese eaten every day reduces the risk of heart disease by 14 per cent and a stroke by 10 per cent, researchers have discovered. The risk reduction was greatest in those who ate the most cheese, up to 40 g, say researchers at Soochow University in Suzhou, China.

Their findings support the phenomenon of the ‘French paradox’, which has found that heart disease is lower among the French despite them eating a high-fat diet, including meat, cheese and other dairy produce.

The researchers aren’t sure why cheese should have a protective effect, but they think it could be because it also contains calcium, which reduces the absorption of saturated fats, and an acid that helps stop arteries getting clogged.

Or it could be that the fats/heart disease theory was wrong in the first place.

(Source: European Journal of Nutrition, 2017; 56: 2565-75)