A new study claims that people who consume high-fat dairy products like cheese may have lower body mass index and cholesterol levels.
Researchers from University College Dublin in Ireland examined the impact of dairy foods—milk, cheese, yogurt, cream and butter—on markers of body fatness and health in 1,500 people aged between 18 and 90. They found that cheese consumption was not associated with increased body fat or with low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad, cholesterol. People who regularly consumed low-fat milk and yogurt had higher intakes of carbohydrates, the researchers say.
“What we saw was that the high consumers (of cheese) 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,” says Emma Feeney of University College Dublin. The study was published in the journal Nutrition And Diabetes.