You’d be forgiven for thinking that a plant-based diet is the best way forward – things may not be so clear-cut though.
Researchers from McMasters University in Canada have found that people who eat more than two portions of cheese per day saw decreases in the chance of stroke and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study looked at 130,000 people aged between 35 and 70, from 21 different countries. Those who ate less than half a serving a day saw their mortality rate rise by 44.4 percent, five percent of which was down to cardiovascular disease.
Mahshid Dehghan, lead author of the study said: “Our findings support that consumption of dairy products might be beneficial for mortality and cardiovascular disease, especially in low-income and middle-income countries where dairy consumption is much lower than in North America or Europe.”
LADbible reports that a separate study by Texas A&M University found that eating mature cheese could lower your chance of liver cancer.
Aged cheese contains a compound called spermidine that could help to prevent two of the most common types of liver cancer – liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma – by stopping damaged cells from replicating.
Howeverm Jimmy Chun Yu Louie, from the University of Hong Kong said: “The results from the PURE study seem to suggest that dairy intake, especially whole-fat dairy, might be beneficial for preventing deaths and major cardiovascular diseases.
“However, as the authors themselves concluded, the results only suggest the ‘consumption of dairy products should not be discouraged and perhaps even be encouraged in low-income and middle-income countries.’
“It is not the ultimate seal of approval for recommending whole-fat dairy over its low-fat or skimmed counterparts. Readers should be cautious and treat this study only as yet another piece of the evidence (albeit a large one) in the literature.”
So basically, it looks like more research is needed. But it’s looking positive.