Cheeses such as cheddar, stilton and brie help prevent heart disease.
Experts from the University of Eastern Finland came to this conclusion after studying the effect of fermented dairy products on the male organism, the British Journal of Nutrition reports.
Doctors analyzed data from hundreds of participants over a 25-year period and disputed claims that cheese blocks human arteries and increases the risk of a heart attack because it contains saturated fat.
According to new data, fermented dairy products have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. And vice versa – a very high level of consumption of unfermented dairy products (ice cream and butter) provokes an increased risk.
2000 volunteers took part in the research. Their dietary habits were evaluated at the beginning of the study from 1984 to 1989, and then lasted an average of 20 years.
Participants were divided into groups depending on how much dairy products they consumed.
In the subsequent period, 472 male participants experienced an incident associated with coronary heart disease.
However, when the researchers analyzed the four groups, they found a dramatic difference in the risk of a heart attack or other heart disease.
Men whose diet included medium-fat dairy products were 26% less likely to suffer from heart disease.
Sour milk was particularly popular among the participants in the experiment.
It should be noted that researchers do not know how fermented foods improve heart health and why they decrease the likelihood of developing a heart attack.
Recall the use of organic products that are not processed by pesticides, reduces the risk of developing various forms of cancer by 25%.
As the portal Znay.ua reported, cheese, yoghurt and other fatty dairy products reduce the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
Znay.ua also wrote that eating in a hurry not only provokes problems with the gastrointestinal tract, but can also cause diabetes.