Researchers from the University of Reading say that a diet high in dairy products isn’t linked to cardiovascular diseases. In fact, it could actually be good for you.
Not many of us can resist a hot, gooey Cheddar toastie. Or a pizza topped with stringy, bubbling mozzarella. For others, a hefty wedge of creamy brie is all it takes to go weak at the knees. Hard cheese, soft cheese, and everything in between—there's a cheese for everyone. The catch? Whichever cheese you choose to slather on cream crackers, sandwich in between doorstep bread slices, or stir into macaroni is high in saturated fat and salt (and no, shoving a few lettuce leaves under half a block of feta doesn't help).
Currently, the NHS states that consuming too much dairy, and therefore saturated fat, can lead to "raised levels of cholesterol in the blood, and […] increased risk of a heart attack or stroke." But a new study from researchers at the University of Reading runs counter to these dietary guidelines—which could be good news for those who are fond of fromage.
The research, published today in the European Journal of Epidemiology, found that a diet high in dairy is not linked to an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. In fact, snacking on Stilton or binging on burrata could actually be good for you.
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