Good news: Cheese is not a link to heart attacks or strokes

Good news: Cheese is not a link to heart attacks or strokes
Good news: Cheese is not a link to heart attacks or strokes

Researchers say eating cheese does not increase the risk of heart disease, or stroke.


They also claim it does not affect blood pressure negatively. It’s healthy to eat as much cheese as you want because saturated fats, according to the researchers will not increase cardiovascular disease. We are instructed not to feel guilty for eating or indulging in a food high in saturated fat and calories.

The facts are contradictory when it comes to dairy. Yes, we all know it tastes great. The variety of cheeses can make your mouth water. Sometimes a snippet of cheese is even better after a meal or with fruit or dessert. But is that scientific enough to qualify its nutritional health?


Who are the researchers making this claim?

As usual, you have those for and those against the health of cheese. Another question to ask is why this suddenly so important?

Ian Givens, a professor at the University of Reading, is particularly interested and conducts studies on food chain nutrition. This means he studies animal-derived foods. Composition and the effect of these foods plus how they can be improved to reduce health risks.

Professor Givens is currently studying milk and diary product, and the fats they contain and their relationship if any to health risks. This includes effects of milk protein on vascular problems and blood pressure.



Dairy is a business

Moreover, industry stakeholders in Dairy companies and Food standard agencies are working with the University in cheese recovery. Guiding the industry to accept the health of cheese is one way to go about increasing sales and boosting the popularity of cheese and other dairy foods.

The Dairy Foods Association, FDA, and many other organizations want to make more money off consumers, and good advertising will cause them to buy more and more often.

The European Journal of Epidemiology says there isn’t any link between dairy and bad health. They claim, in an international study, researchers looked at results from medical studies over the last thirty-five years to prove their case. But European dairy companies have the same agenda as American ones.

In all fairness, anything in moderation isn’t bad for you. However, cheese is very high in fat. It does contain calcium and protein. But our bodies don’t absorb calcium from direct consumption of cheese and dairy products. Nonetheless, other studies such as one from Johns Hopkins in 2008 found a definite correlation in consumption of cheese and obesity.