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With it's high fat content, Cheese isn't typically thought of as a heart-healthy food.

Overall, people who consumed high levels of cheese were 10 percent less likely to have a stroke and 14 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease than participants who consumed no cheese. That means there could be other reasons why cheese lovers have lower risks for stroke and heart disease.

Heather Zinn, The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids stopped by My West Michigan to share cheeses that you may want to consider.

The findings after this research review were definitely different than expected. Those who got the most benefit were eating about a matchbook sized serving of cheese a day.

This is not the same as eating a big slice of cheesy pizza every day. He also cautions against reading too much into data that's self-reported-as much of the data was-because people tend to over- or under-estimate their consumption of specific foods.

A recent study of over 200,00 people showed that those who ate a small amount of cheese daily had a lower risk of contracting heart disease, compared to those who rarely or never ate the stuff, New York Daily News reports. Now, a new saturated fat has fallen under the scrutiny of researchers: cheese.

While cheese has gotten a bad rap, it has important nutrients including protein, calcium and probiotics, said the study.

Yet exceeding moderate portions of cheese won't boost benefits, and may in fact trigger negative health conditions, experts warn. "There is some evidence that cheese - as a substitute for milk, for example - may actually have a protective effect on the heart". While it may seem like a lot of the dairy product, it's an average of 36 grams per day, which is slightly less than the amount recommended by researchers. Researchers didn't specify whether one type of cheese was better than the rest.

"We're always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis", he says.


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