People who eat more cheese are thinner, according to recent study

Well I’ll brie damned

A recent study has found that people who eat lots of cheese tend to be thinner than those who don’t.

Scientists concluded that those with a higher dairy intake have lower BMIs, lower body fat percentages, smaller waists and lower blood pressure. The study examined the cheese-eating habits of 1,500 people, and was carried out by the University College Dublin (thank God for the Irish).

The results stated that: “An analysis of individual dairy foods found that cheese consumption was not associated with increased body fat or with LDL cholesterol.” In other words, cheese doesn’t make you fat.

Scientists who examined the impact of dairy foods on health found: “the high consumers [of cheese] they had a significantly higher intake of saturated fat than the non-consumers and the low consumers and yet there was no difference in their LDL Cholesterol levels,” said Dr Emma Feeney, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and Food for Health Ireland, who was lead author on the paper.

“We have to consider not just the nutrients themselves but also the matrix in which we are eating them in and what the overall dietary pattern is, so not just about the food then, but the pattern of other foods we eat with them as well.”

The common perception is that eating foods high in saturated fats like cheese can increase your risk of developing high blood cholesterol – normally associated with gaining weight.

However, the study discovered: “The findings of the new study indicate that those who eat large amounts of cheese consume higher amounts of saturated fats. However, the researchers did not find that eating large amounts of cheese led to increased blood LDL cholesterol levels.”

You can read the full study here.