Our relationship with cheese is complicated. Much like Drake and Rihanna, if you will. We’re all in for awhile. Then it gets to be too much so we take a step back. Go for the reduced fat instead and just like, see each other in moderation, you know? But then we have a reunion and proclaim our love for each other on stage at the VMAs. Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get it.
If you’ve been gorging on full-fat cheese somewhat shamefully, that all ends today, because we come bearing great news: Science says full-fat cheese is just as healthy as reduced fat.
According to Town and Country, researchers from the University of Copenhagen studied 139 adults for a 12-week period. One group ate 80 grams of high-fat cheese every day while the second group ate 80 grams of reduced-fat cheese. Sadly, the poor third group got no cheese. Instead, they were fed 90 grams of bread and jam every day. Okay, that’s not so bad.
After the 12-weeks, researchers measured the group’s levels of good and bad cholesterol. They found that changes in the bad cholesterol levels weren’t significantly different between the groups who ate full-fat cheese versus the group who had reduced fat. Additionally, the levels of the “good” cholesterol were actually found to be higher among subjects who ate full-fat cheese when compared to people who ate no cheese at all.
One thing worth noting though: This study was partially funded by a group of dairy suppliers. So kind of like that time Barilla sponsored a study stating pasta was healthy, the results might be skewed slightly to find a way to make cheese seem more diet-friendly than it actually is. Cheese probably shouldn’t replace your daily intake of greens, BUT this study could still be helpful when you’re at the market trying to decide between the full-fat cheese you really want and the reduced fat option your gym membership says you should get. Go for that full fat, girl. Science says so.
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