Recent studies show that a diet rich in cheese might be good for our health. Like most of you I pay more attention to the scientific studies I agree with. More and more we are reading of studies showing the health benefits of dairy products after years of cholesterol hysteria and negative press.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese could help to improve health by increasing our levels of "good" high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - thought to offer protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Source
This was a 12 week test with 139 adults to find out how cheese affects the body.
They split the subjects up into three groups. The first group were told to eat 80g of regular high-fat cheese every day, the second group ate 80g of reduced-fat cheese, while the third group didn't eat cheese and ate 90g of bread and jam each day instead.
The researchers report, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that while none of the groups experienced a change in their levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - which is thought to be counterproductive to good heart health - those that ate the regular high-fat cheese saw an increase in their levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.
Another study from Japan found that
...cheese consumption prevents fat accumulation in the liver and has the potential to improve serum lipid parameters - how we measure for cardiovascular risk.
And we have known since forever that it is a great source of calcium and other important minerals.