Eating cheese won’t raise your cholesterol levels. There’s even some evidence it can protect your heart.
Those are among the findings of a new study led by researchers at Dublin’s University College and published in the latest issues of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In the study, researchers found that middle-aged overweight adults who ate full-fat cheddar cheese reduced their cholesterol more than those who ate reduced-fat cheese or butter, according to a story on the report in Business Insider.
It’s just the latest in a series of studies that suggest dairy foods may not be as bad for people’s hearts as once thought, according to the story.
Scientists have even coined a term for the ways in which nutrients like protein and calcium work in cheese: the “cheese matrix.”
Increasingly, according to the story, food scientists are discovering that counting calories or focusing on avoiding specific food groups, like carbohydrates or fat, isn't the secret to a long and healthy life.