I know, I know. High fat cheese can’t be the secret to a healthier life, right? Well, according to a group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, it can be.
The study consisted of a 12-week cheese test with 139 adults to see how full-fat cheese can affect the human body. To do this they split the subjects into three groups. The first group ate 80g of regular high-fat cheese every day, the second ate 80g of reduced fat and the third didn’t eat any cheese at all, instead having bread and jam every day.
The scientists found that while none of the groups experienced a change in ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the one that is bad for your heart), the group that ate the regular high-fat cheese saw an increase in ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time cheese has been linked to good health. A Japanese study found that eating cheese prevented fat accumulation in the lover and has potential to improve serum lipid parameters – what we measure for cardiovascular risk. A separate 2015 study found that cheese could be the key to a faster metabolism and reduced obesity.
The scientists found that… the group that ate the regular high-fat cheese saw an increase in ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.