A new study says that eating cheese can make you live longer… go on.
The more I looked into this study, however, it was done on mice and rats. Isn’t that a main staple of their diet… cheese?
Here’s an excerpt from the news report:
Recently, research published in the journal Nature Medicine found that eating cheese can lead to a longer lifespan…
The study of rats and mice found that consumption of spermidine—a compound that naturally occurs in most cheeses—led to better heart health. High levels of spermidine are particularly prevalent in matured, blue cheeses.
While more research is required to confirm the findings, the study’s author said, “Our results suggest a new and feasible strategy for protection against cardiovascular disease.”
Okay, so it’s not the processed cheeses, that I don’t think really help anyone, and maybe is unhelpful to most people. It’s found mostly in the stinky, aged cheeses that I am not particularly fond of.
The article goes on… clarifying what may or may not be good for you…
A serving a blue cheese could be good for you, whereas eating an entire wheel probably isn’t. Nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed told The Huffington Post UK, “Cheese can certainly be consumed as part of a balanced diet. But as with everything when it comes to nutrition, most foods need to be consumed in moderation.”
Dairy products like blue cheese is good for you in moderation. How so? By improving your heart health. Okay. I will buy it.
Charlotte Stirling-Reed goes on to say:
“Cheese does contain calcium, zinc and other important nutrients, but it’s also high in fat and calories and so if you’re looking after your weight, you might not want to go too over the top with your cheese intake.”
So cheese does have some positives going for it, but it is not the end-all wonder bullet many of us were hoping for. Interesting study. Maybe I will see about getting blue cheese for my next salad or on a burger.
You can read the full article by Erin Cook on MSN.com here: