A recent study found eating a "matchbox-sized" portion of cheese every day could reduce your chance of heart-related diseases or strokes.
The study, published by the European Journal of Nutrition, suggests that people who regularly eat cheese might be healthier, reported The Independent.
Researchers at Soochow University, China, analyzed data pooled from 15 studies, conducted in both Europe and the U.S., that focused on health and diet consequences of more than 200,000 people.
The evaluation revealed that people who regularly ate cheese, in "matchbox-sized" portions each day on average, were 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 10 percent less likely to have a stroke.
It is worth noting that researchers simply observed a link between cheese consumption and heart disease. A variety of factors could explain the link, including that vegetarians typically eat more cheese than non-vegetarians. One of the studies analyzed focused on the relationships between plant-based diets and fewer instances of heart disease.
Newsweek pointed out that even the American Heart Association found produce-heavy diets reduce heart failure by 42 percent, compared to those who ate fewer fresh vegetables in their diets.
In other words, cheese could be responsible for lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, but it could just as easily be a vegetarian diet -- cheese consumption, irrelevant.
The study also suggested that eating 40 grams of cheese combats high levels of "bad" cholesterol, while simultaneously raising "good cholesterol." Despite high levels of saturated fat, cheese is still considered heart healthy; high levels of calcium play a vital role in reducing the amount of saturated fat absorbed in the body. And acids found in cheese prevent clogging of the arteries.
Ian Givens, professor of Food Chain Nutrition at Reading University, found similar results that showed calcium found in dairy products, such as cheese, plays an important role in reducing fat in the body. The professor pointed out that cheese is often associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
This holiday, say "Cheese!" to good health by making a beeline for the cheese board.