Don’t go stuffing your face with string cheese and Velveeta or anything, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, fermented dairy products are associated with better health and metabolism. Basically, stop feeling guilty about eating cheese.
The study out of Denmark found that cheese consumption resulted in more butyric acid, which helps break down food for energy. According to another study, butyric acid is incredibly beneficial to your gastrointestinal tract and helps relieve IBS symptoms since it plays a key role in anti-inflammatory activity in your bod (aka: your body. Science is more fun with abbreviations).
The higher butyrate levels are tied to lower cholesterol and Hanne Betram, food scientist and researcher for the Denmark study, commented that this helps explain the French paradox (the fact that the French have less coronary heart disease rates despite higher consumption of saturated fats that are linked to heart disease).
The new research also connected cheese consumption to lower TMAO levels in your bloodstream, which means less risk of heart attack and stroke. Considering heart disease is the number one killer of women, I say let’s go buy some smoked gouda stat.
I’m sure the “everything in moderation” rule still applies so don’t come looking for me when your cheese addiction doesn’t make you live to be 100. Just find comfort in the fact that you can eat it #guiltfree.