Pass the cheese, please.
Instead of passing on the cheese, I’m saying, “Pass the cheese please” after reading about an awesome new study. Is cheese bad for you? Well, it turns out that cheese isn’t necessarily the culprit in the mystery of “Why don’t these shorts fit anymore?”
An article was recently published in Nutrition and Diabetes that laid out some pretty heart-warming research. The results were pretty shocking as they said that people who eat more cheese and dairy are likely to be thinner.
University College Dublin had researchers look into the health of 1,500 Irish adults aged between 18 and 90 to see what affects dairy products had on them. What they found was pretty fantastic as the people who ate the most dairy had lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and BMIs.
And to make things even better, they found that people who opted for low-fat dairy actually had higher cholesterol.
Since the information does seem a bit strange, nutritionist Alix Turoff was consulted about the topic.
He said, "Cholesterol is essential for the body. It not only comes from our food, but it’s also made in our liver, which makes enough cholesterol to satisfy the body’s needs. People used to think that the more dietary cholesterol they ate, the higher their blood cholesterol would rise, which we now know isn't true. In fact, the liver will down-regulate its creation of cholesterol when it senses that we are getting enough through our food, which is why we have to take our whole diet into account."
Well, after laying it out like that, the whole “cheese isn’t so bad” thing is starting to make more sense.
Dr. Philip Goglia, founder of online nutrition platform, G-Plans, begs to differ.
"While many people consider dairy to be a protein, the body will utilize it first as lactose, or milk sugar. Therefore, people who believe that they can get sufficient protein in their daily diet from eating dairy products like cheese and milk are misinformed," he says. "Instead, dairy as food is phlegm and mucus-producing. This is disruptive to digestion, causing bloating and gas. It's also inflammatory and will elevate triglyceride levels and the risk of sugar sensitivities.”
Man, what a buzzkill this guy is. But overall, diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to health.
The subject of cheese is still quite confusing because studies across the board differ quite a lot. However, things are looking up for cheese lovers, so if you love yourself a bit of Brie and a good chunk of Gouda now and then, go for it... just keep it in moderation.