Cheese contains a high content of saturated fatty acids but also lists of potentially beneficial nutrients. How long-term cheese consumption affects the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is unclear. A meta-analysis of prospective observational studies was conducted to evaluate the risks of total CVD, coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke associated with cheese consumption.
This meta-analysis of prospective studies suggests a nonlinear inverse association between cheese consumption and risk of CVD, the authors
Guo-Chong Chen, Yan Wang, Xing Tong, Ignatius M. Y. Szeto, Gerrit Smit, Zeng-Ning Li and Li-Qiang Qin say.
In the 1990s, Harvard studies showed that it was not saturated fat that caused heart disease, but actually trans fats that had been recommended since the 1950s!
This past spring, the FDA announced a plan to ban use of trans fats, reporting that they are not “generally recognized as safe” for human consumption.
England may be following suit, as they are considering a total ban. Experts report that a total ban could potentially prevent or postpone approximately 7,200 deaths related to coronary heart disease over the next five years.
A total ban is feasible, and experts are now calling for decisive action. Researchers have evaluated three policy options: 1) a total ban on trans fatty acids in processed foods; 2) improved food labeling; and 3) a ban on trans fatty acids in restaurants and fast food places.
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