People who eat 40g of cheese a day might be less likely to have a heart attack
Yep, that Christmas cheese board is looking even more appealing now (Picture: Getty)

Cheese is so moorish, it must be bad for you.

I mean, bowls of molten mac and cheese aren’t exactly waist-friendly.

Cheese is high in fat and often pretty salty but we already know that it’s super great for our teeth (full of vitamin K2).

And now it turns out that rather than causing heart attacks, eating 40g of cheese a day might actually help reduce your chances of developing certain coronary heart diseases by up to 14%.

Researchers from Soochow University in China have been evaluating 15 studies from Europe and the US which tracked the diet and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people.

And they claim to have discovered that those who regularly eat cheese cut their chances of having a stroke by 10%.

People who eat 40g of cheese a day might be less likely to have a heart attack

Why?

Well, researchers suggest that although it contains high levels of saturated fat, the calcium in cheese stops much of that fat being absorbed by the body – while simultaneously raising levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.

And it’s also thought to contain an acid that can help prevent the clogging of arteries.

‘Cheese contains saturated fatty acids but also has potentially beneficial nutrients,’ the report concludes.

However, it’s worth pointing out that the researchers in these studies didn’t actually test diet changes in any of the participants – so the results could be swayed by the fact that healthier people are more likely to eat cheese (vegetarians are more likely to have a diet packed with fruit and veg as well as cheese, for example) , and are richer and more able to afford it.

And 40g of cheese isn’t actually a lot. It’s roughly the size of a match box…enough for a few chunks on a salad or a couple of crackers. We’re definitely not talking about a cheese fondue here.

People who eat 40g of cheese a day might be less likely to have a heart attack

But you know, still good news for your cheese platter.

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