With it's high fat content, Cheese isn't typically thought of as a heart-healthy food. In the study, too much cheese was found to be as negative as too little, with the sweet spot hitting around 40 grams a day (about the size of a matchbook).
Researchers from China and the Netherlands analyzed data gathered from 15 previous studies where numerous participants were tracked for at least 10 years.
A meta-analysis of 15 observational studies set out to determine how long-term cheese consumption affects the development and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke. The majority of these studies included only people without heart disease and tracked participants for ten years or more. The risk of having a stroke was lowered by 10 percent with this small helping of dairy. In 2015, the population of the United States consumed the equivalent of of cheese per person, with Cheddar and mozzarella being the most popular choices. Now, a new saturated fat has fallen under the scrutiny of researchers: cheese. "[But the findings were] certainly different from what people might expect".
The relationship, however, was U-shaped rather than linear-meaning that higher quantities of cheese were not necessarily better.
Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation.
But researchers warned that daily cheese eaters weren't consuming a huge amount.
Cheese also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an unsaturated fatty acid that may increase the amount of of HDL "good" cholesterol and decrease "bad" LDL levels.
Adults should get about 1,000 mg of calcium a day and one ounce of cheese gives you roughly 20 percent. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable".
"We're always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis", said Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.