That’s right, you read it right. Cheese has gotten a bad rap for a long time because it has been thought to increase coronary heart disease, however a new study suggest that may not be the case.
The French Paradox, where the French consume a large amount of cheese, red wine, and baguettes yet have low rates of coronary heart disease may have lead to the study performed by a Danish firm and reported in a small agriculture publication.
The findings of the study suggest that milk and cheese may alter the bacteria in the gut to decrease production of TMAO, a metabolite produced when the body metabolizes choline, which is found in many animal-derived foods, especially red meat.
The Time article links to research that suggest that lower levels of TMAO seem to be a good thing; other research has shown that TMAO may help transport cholesterol to the arteries and predicts mortality rates.
Having read The Coconut Oil Miracle sometime ago, I was aware of the bad rap that saturated fats have received, and some of the conspiracy theories as to why, so I was not surprised when I read this.
What does this all mean?
Don’t worry too much about your cheese intake!
So fire away, and order more pizza, preferably from us 🙂
P.S. If you’re looking for a nice Cabernet Sauvignon to go with, may I suggest the