A plate of cheese with text "Rejoice, Cheese Lovers!"

Cheese lovers can celebrate! According to a recent, decade-long study, cheese was associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality. Yes, cheese.

Cheese is a food that’s full of contradictions. Most everyone can agree that the creamy, salty, stringy stuff is one of the most delicious foods known to man. Whether it’s a creamy slice of American cheese melted over a burger or freshly grated Romano over a favorite pasta, cheese adds a lot of flavor to any dish. For a long, time cheese has been seen as a fattening, calorie-filled ingredient, but is cheese considered healthy or is it the kind of thing that should be enjoyed occasionally? A recent study had surprising findings on the health benefits of cheese.

According to a study led by Dr. Maciej Banach of the Medical University of Lodz, Poland, cheese was found to protect from total mortality. Banach and colleagues analyzed national survey data from the 1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The researchers found eating any kind of dairy was associated with a 2% lower rate of total mortality. The study also found a 4% lower rate of stroke from dairy intake, along with a 7% lower rate for stroke with milk alone. Cheese reigned supreme with an 8% decrease in total mortality risk.

To those of who live and breathe cheese, rejoice. Study authors suggest that recommendations to limit cheese consumption be relaxed.

Break out the Brie! It’s time to celebrate.

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