STUDY AFTER study, cheese’s reputation has constantly improved.
But before you start shotgunning Cheez Whiz, it’s important to peruse the finer details of the European Journal of Nutrition‘s study. People who consumed “high levels” of cheese had a 14% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who rarely or never ate it. They were also 10% less likely to have a stroke.
As is often the case, this is only a correlation and not necessarily an instance of causation. Those judicial about their cheese-eating could simply be more health-conscious overall. In other words: It’s very possible that cheese consumption isn’t making people healthier, it’s just a characteristic of a healthy and balanced diet.
If, however, you’re considering which cheese to indulge, you may want to refer to this list:
The best high-protein cheeses, ranked
YES, YOU CAN have your cheese and stay fit, too.
According to sports dietitian Christina Strudwick, M.S., C.S.S.D., founder of The Fueled Athlete, “Cheese can be part of a healthy lifestyle when it’s unprocessed and eaten in moderation.” Just think natural (like everything from our favorite family of cheesemakers—the BelGioiosos).