at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that a diet rich in regular fat
cheese as opposed to reduced fat cheese
can offer benefits to heart by increasing the level of
high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This provides protection against many
cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.
‘Moderate consumption of high-fat cheese will provide protection
against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases by increasing the level of HDL cholesterol.’
is a wax-like, fatty
substance that is found in all cells of the body.
comes from two sources-body and from food. In the body, cholesterol is
synthesized by the liver and is needed for making certain hormones, vitamin D
and substances that aid in digestion. Cholesterol derived from food is mainly
through animal products like meat, poultry and dairy products.
cholesterol cannot be dissolved in the blood, it is transported through the
bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins. Lipoprotein is made up of
fat on the inside and protein on the outside. There are two types of proteins:
- Low-Density Lipoprotein or LDL
Cholesterol- It is
considered as the 'bad cholestero' because it
contributed to the formation of thick, hard deposits inside the arteries called
plaques. These plaques clog the arteries making them less flexible leading to atherosclerosis. Plaques break open to form clots which
narrow the arteries and reduce blood supply to the heart, leading to heart
attacks and stroke.
- High-Density Lipoprotein or the HDL
Cholesterol- This is the
'good' cholesterol as it acts as a scavenger by reducing the level of LDL. It
carries the LDL cholesterol from the arteries to the liver from where it is
broken down and removed from the body. High levels of HDL has
a protective effect on the heart and low levels have shown to increase the risk
of heart diseases and stroke.
rich in saturated fats and trans-fat are known to increase the level of LDL
cholesterol in the body, thus increasing the risk of coronary heart diseases
diseases which include stroke
and other cardiovascular
diseases, kill more people around the world, when compared to cancer.
the United States, In 2011, cardiovascular diseases has claimed around 787,000
lives. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease that
killed 365,000 people in 2014.
women, it is the number one killer claiming one in three lives each year
compared to cancer that kills only one in 31 women. In women, symptoms of heart
diseases are different and often masked and hence it is easier to be
misunderstood as acidity or bloating.
to the latest statistics conducted on the World Heart Day in 2015, there are
about 30 million heart patients in India and around two lakh heart surgeries
are being performed annually.
cheese is rich in saturated fats. Dietary regulations in many countries warn
people of the ill-effects of consuming full cream milk and regular fat cheese.
But the recent study conducted by researchers that was published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
the study 139 participants were recruited and divided into three groups. One
group was given 80g full-fat cheese, the second group was given 80g of low-fat
cheese and the third group was the no-cheese, carbohydrate control group who
were given bread and jam.
were then monitored for 12 weeks.
results showed that the participants in the first group who consumed full-fat
cheese showed no change in their LDL levels, insulin, blood sugar or
triglyceride levels. Neither had it altered their blood pressure
nor made them obese.
the other hand, researchers found that full-fat cheese had increased their
levels of "good" cholesterol. Thus they concluded that eating cheese provides
protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
cheese is rich in saturated fats and sodium it is always advisable to enjoy it
Benefits of Cheese
- It is good for the teeth as it reduces
the count of cavity causing yeast by increasing the level of pH in the
- It helps to balance the gut flora as they are packed
- It is rich in calcium, which promotes bone
health and prevents osteoporosis
- It is rich in vitamins
including vitamin D, that helps in the distribution of calcium in the body and
vitamin B12 that is important for function of the nervous
- It has conjugated linoleic acids and sphingolipids
that may play a protective role against cancer.
- Cheese can
help in sleep. It has an amino acid called tryptophan which lowers stress and
- It is a good source of proteins especially
for vegetarians. Majority of the proteins in cheese belong to a family of milk
proteins called casein this helps to lower blood pressure and increases
absorption of minerals from the digestive tract.
- It is rich
in mono-unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are known to increase the
levels of 'good' cholesterol that are beneficial for heart
- The trans-fat present in cheese is called ruminant
trans-fat that promotes weight loss in overweight individuals, when eaten in
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