It melts, it stretches, it can be grated or sliced, and it tastes delicious.
It’s loaded with fat, salt and other so-called “unhealthy” ingredients.
But despite all its bad press in the past, it’s actually good for you.
According to a study in The British Journal of Nutrition, this one food, once deemed “bad” is extremely heart healthy and lowers blood pressure.
Cheese…it’s a food most people love, but feel guilty eating due to “fake news” and 3 inconsistent facts:
1. High salt intake causes high blood pressure.
2. Cheese contains a lot of salt.
3. People who consume a lot of cheese do not have higher blood pressure than those who avoid it.
In response, a research team decided to feed their volunteers three salty foods to check whether their arteries responded differently to salt when consumed in cheese compared to other salty food sources.
On five separate occasions, three days apart, they fed 14 participants either 85 grams of regular dairy cheese, 85 grams of soy cheese, or 65 grams of pretzels.
They measured how much blood flowed through the subject’s arteries and how much nitric oxide was present. Discovering pretzels and soya cheese eaters had significantly less blood flow and less nitric oxide present than the dairy cheese eaters.
In fact, the dairy cheese seemed to promote nitric oxide and help counteract any salt intake.
But unfortunately, you can’t turn back the clocks and reduce chronic blood pressure buildup from years before with cheese.