Scientists said eating cheese does not raise a person’s cholesterol level and could even help you lose weight, the Sun reported.
In a study conducted in Ireland, scientists discovered that people who ate plenty of cheese do not have a higher cholesterol level than those who did not. The study used 1,500 adults, who kept a four-day food diary and were asked to note how many dairy products they consumed.
Their blood samples were then analyzed for cholesterol levels and other metabolic health problems, the Sun reported. Scientists found that the adults with a lower body mass index ate more dairy.
Current health guidelines suggest eating foods high in saturated fat increases the risk of high cholesterol and heart attacks, The Sun reported
That is often caused by an unhealthy diet or having a family history of stroke or heart disease. However, lower blood pressure was associated with eating cheese more than other products like yogurt and milk, the Sun reported.
Dr. Emma Feeney, Food for Health Ireland’s program manager, told the Sun that “Simply looking at individual foods does not reflect the real story. What will really impact on our metabolic health, is the overall pattern in which whole foods are consumed.”