Cheese heart study: Cheese does not increase risk of heart attack or strokes

Cheese heart study: Cheese does not increase risk of heart attack or strokes

NEW YORK (EON – More cheese please.. Cheese still may not be the healthiest thing in your diet, but at least it wont increase your risk of a heart attack.

A new study claims that full-fat dairy products are not bad as once thought. Eating full-fat cheese, milk or yogurt does not increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a study published in European Journal of Epidemiology, via Guardian,

As reported by the Guardian, the study was an in-depth analysis of 29 prior studies that looked at the link between dairy products and risk of cardiovascular disease or heart problems. Their findings were such that these dairy products have a “neutral” effect on those areas.

“This meta-analysis showed there were no associations between total dairy, high- and low-fat dairy, milk and the health outcomes including all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease,” the report reads.

Cheese heart study
Cheese heart study

Experts from Europe coalesced for this research. A pair from England, one from Denmark and one from the Netherlands were in on the study.

“There’s quite a widespread but mistaken belief among the public that dairy products in general can be bad for you, but that’s a misconception,” said Ian Givens, one of the researchers. “While it is a widely held belief, our research shows that that’s wrong. There’s been a lot of publicity over the last five to 10 years about how saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and a belief has grown up that they must increase the risk, but they don’t.”

The government, though, still suggests watching dairy consumption.

“Dairy products form an important part of a healthy balanced diet; however, many are high in saturated fat and salt. We’re all consuming too much of both, increasing our risk of heart disease,” a spokesman for Public Health England told Guardian. “We recommend choosing lower-fat varieties of milk and dairy products or eating smaller amounts to reduce saturated fat and salt in the diet.”

A study published earlier this year in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) swapping even one per cent of your daily calorie intake from saturated fats like butter and meat to vegetables, wholegrain carbohydrates or polyunsaturated fats found in olive oil and fish can improve heart health.

However, previous research from the University of Bergen in Norway found fatty foods such as cheese, butter and cream could in fact help protect people from heart disease when eaten as part of a diet where overall calorie intake is restricted.

The researchers stand by their report.

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21 thoughts on “Cheese heart study: Cheese does not increase risk of heart attack or strokes

  1. The research was part-funded by the three pro-dairy groups – Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute and Dairy Australia – but they had no influence over it, the paper said

  2. There is so much research that says one or the other. One thing is a fact though: Consuming cheese (or any dairy product for that sake) makes you contribute indirectly (directly if you are an animal agriculture farmer or slaughterhouse worker) to the harm and murder of millions of innocent sentient beings.

  3. But cows kept for milk production often suffer a great deal until death. The other day i walked into a restaurant and they had cheese made out of nuts, using same bacteria as for standard cheese production. It was impossible to tell the difference and the cheeses were just amazing!

  4. Yet another study contradicting another study that contradicted yet another study ad infinitum. If one lived according to the findings in these studies you would be institutionalised with schizophrenia.
    Formula good, breast feeding bad,
    Breast feeding good, formula evil,
    Meat good, meat bad
    Alcohols good, then bad, then good then bad,
    Statins Gods cure for all, Statins ineffective
    Don’t feed babies honey or peanut butter it causes allergies, feed babies small amounts to avoid allergies in later life.
    Aspirin a day prevents heart attacks, aspirin a day causes stomach ulcers
    Dairy good, then bad now indifferent.

  5. hether they cause heart attacks or not, the dairy industry is still horrific. Of course there are some remote places in the world where people don’t have a choice to give up dairy, but if you’re able to choose dairy free, why wouldn’t you? There are so many alternatives these days.

  6. hese dairy shills analyzed 29 prospective cohort studies in order to come to this conclusion. However, prospective cohort studies are by design incapable of showing a link between dairy consumption and cardiovascular disease. This is because the primary risk factor for CVD is serum cholesterol which varies genetically as well as based on the consumption of other animal products. So if someone wasn’t eating any dairy but was eating 2 steaks a day, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they died of a heart attack despite not consuming any dairy. Throw some vegans into any of these prospective cohort studies and you’ll find your link between dairy and CVD.

  7. No wonder people get so pissed off with the amount of conflicting information.
    This information is dead wrong and everyone already knows it.
    Dairy is pro inflammatory, end of story. To consume any without damage means living the rest of your life to perfection and no none can do that.

  8. Cheese heart study It only breaks down the calcium in your bones. I know a very old lady with very strong bones who was asked for an experiment. Afterwards the researcher told his audience that this old lady was the living proof that drinking milk and eating dairy products caused strong bones, at which the lady reacted with; ‘I’ve have never in my life touched any milk, nor cheese or butter or ice cream. I hate milk in all sorts of forms.’
    For so far the necessity of drinking milk.

  9. Prof Ian Gives is the most prominent researcher mentioned in the article, just briefly check out this website which literally boasts about the amazing industry connections the professor and his associates have with the dairy industry…/150622-f-new-adventures-in…/ it’s so sad when most of the “journalism” is actually done in the comments section these days

  10. Even if we pretend for a moment that these findings are true (and they aren’t) the cruelty behind the dairy industry is so tragical that alone should prompt people to step away from dairy.

  11. Fat cheese wouldnt have any increment in heart strokes or cardiovascular. For Chela, the new tendency of yung people , specially young woman refusing to drink milk for diverse concerns increase risk of affecting bone and later osteoporosis. Read

  12. But it makes you fat, yes, i altered my diet excluding only cheese and yoghurt, and its made such a huge difference, less bloating, better toilet outcomes and weight is so consistent. Lost 2 inches around belly.

  13. As much as I like to think that the guardian is a credible news-source (one of the few)… This is a perfect example of how the media is being used by lobbyists: there is an overwhelming consensus in the healthcare- and nutritionistscommunity, that most diseases common in western societies (cancer, diabetis, heartattack, jointproblems etc.) are linked to a diet high in animalproducts. “Reporting” about a study that says otherwise without questioning the logic behind it is like presenting a study that says climatechange isnt happening. While it could just be seen as innocent reporting, it suggests that there is a wide spread disput about the topic and nobody really knows for sure. And that just isnt the case. Not with climate change, and not with animal-products in our diet. (Btw both is of course closely linked, I recommend watching the docfilms “Cowspiracy” and “Forks over Knives”)

  14. If you are an American, don’t take this research as a license to pig out on dairy. This study was done in EU countries which typically eat live fresh cheese, yogurt and milk. That means they get all the bacteria their guts need to keep a healthy balance and prevent disease. In the U.S., dairy products are killed through pasteurization and then select bacteria is added back into the product in most cases. More and more research is pointing to imbalance in gut bacteria as the culprit in heart disease.

  15. you do know that milk extraction is (usually) nonfatal for cows, right? In fact, milking them to death would be an inefficient business model. So cheese and yogurt markets are not so bad for the cows (at least non-CAFO cows).

  16. It’s disappointing to read such a biased piece of journalism in the Guardian. I’m tempted to unsubscribe here and now. There is a wealth of trusted research confirming the harmful effects of all dairy to human health. Why not publish that? Articles like this one will do untold harm to the honest advocates of plant based food as a healthy diet. Shame on you for supporting these dairy organisations who already receive taxpayers subsidies for their evil industry. A sad time for animals and for all humanity especially on the day the Torys plan to bring back fox hunting.

  17. Along the same vein, I’m sure Haribo, Coca-cola and Dunkin Donuts would argue that sugar is great for you, causes no tooth decay and actually improves your health

  18. Whether eating dairy is morally right or not the link between saturated fat and heart disease is increasingly under attack. For instance the French have much lower rates of heart disease and yet eat high amounts of saturated fat especially cheese and meat. Increasingly transfats created in highly processed food is a suspect in heightening the risks of heart disease. The French eat diets much lower in processed and ready made food and the addition of moderate amounts of red wine, healthy fats like olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables is a protective factor. I do not like milk much and prefer soy or home mad almond milk, and while I love cheese I am slightly allergic so do not each much. However I am also dubious of the amount of processing vegetarian and vegan alternatives however through.

  19. Never have believed all the hype around what is healthy and what is not. Every few years they come up with a couple things that are bad for us and after about 4 or 5 years all of a sudden they were wrong. Come on people, do we really need to be that gullible? As far as I’m concerned, it has always been more about how much you eat and not what. If you don’t eat like every meal is your last meal maybe everyone would be healthier.

  20. I knew this all along. I grew up in an agricultural family….Grampa owned and cheese factory and Dad owned a DAIRY. Family ate DAIRY products all our lives. Parents still alive and healthy at 85, as well as me and all my sister’s !!!!!!

  21. Glad they came clean on their funding The research was part-funded by the three pro-dairy groups – Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute and Dairy Australia – but they had no influence over it, the paper said. Givens is an adviser to the Food Standards Agency. I find this study very questionable regardless of diary funding for study. Saying diary doesn’t show any link to cardiovascular disease but then saying ,but eat less of it and eat low fat options, without saying why exactly?

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