In the study, too much cheese was found to be as negative as too little, with the sweet spot hitting around 40 grams a day (about the size of a matchbook).
Study co-author Li-Qiang Qin - who works in the Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene at Soochow University's School of Public Health in China - and colleagues report their in the European Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers for this paper analyzed 15 studies from the USA and Europe, which tracked the diets and health outcomes of more than 200,000 people.
Dutch and Chinese scientists examined dietary data from more than 200,000 people and came up with a surprising result.
Cheese is one of those foods that people can't seem to agree on, health-wise.
While low-fat dairy products are considered more favorable than high-fat dairy products by federal nutrition guidelines, the meta-analysis found limited evidence that high-fat dairy could increase the risk of CVD, CHD, or stroke compared to low-fat dairy.More news: The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House
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Cheese makes everything better. Some cheeses can be quite high and our total daily intake should be less than 1500 mg. The majority of studies included subjects who were free of CVD at study baseline. Those who ate more cheese had a 10% lower risk of having a stroke and were 14% less likely to developing coronary heart disease.
The link between cheese and lowered heart disease risks might be because people who eat cheese every day are already healthier, or have enough income to afford the habit, the researchers point out.
"This meta-analysis of prospective studies suggests a nonlinear inverse association between cheese consumption and risk of CVD."
So why exactly is the dairy product suddenly good for you?
Until additional studies confirm such findings, it is important to remember that cheese is high in saturated fats, which can be harmful to heart health in high amounts. Low-fat is made with 2 percent milk and non-fat is made with skim milk. One portion is 40 grams (1.4 oz), which represents a matchbox-sized chunk, two slim slices or a quarter cup of crumbled cheese, according to The Independent.