Research shows: cheese can help you lose weight
Hard to believe, but true: an Irish study showed that protein-containing foods such as cheese can help you lose weight. According to scientific findings, cheese is much healthier than is generally believed. But what about the cholesterol level?
Health experts repeatedly warn of incorrect weight loss. If you want to reduce your weight without yo-yo effect, you must consistently change the diet in the long run. One has the best chance of success with a permanent diet with fewer calories. It helps to focus on certain foods that serve as weight loss products. Cheese also seems to be one of those foods, researchers from Ireland have found.
Cheese is healthier than expected
Cheese is seen by many people as a rather unhealthy food that contributes to higher cholesterol levels, among other things. However, scientific research has shown that the milk product is considerably healthier than is often assumed.
For example, US scientists recently discovered that special cheeses can protect against liver cancer.
And British researchers found in one study that eating fatty cheese – unlike supposed – did not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A study by Irish scientists has shown that cheese does not necessarily raise cholesterol levels. Moreover, eating cheese can even cause people to lose weight.
Increased intake of saturated fat
The researchers at University College Dublin analyzed the impact of cheese consumption on a total of 1,500 participants from Ireland for their studies.
The goal was to evaluate current dietary guidelines that warn that eating cheese rich in saturated fats can increase the risk of developing high blood cholesterol, the researchers said.
The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "Nutrition and Diabetes".
"We found that the high consumption of cheese leads to a significantly increased intake of saturated fatty acids in comparison with non-cheese-eating people," says Dr. Dr. med. Emma Feeney in a message.
However, according to the author, there was no difference in observed LDL cholesterol levels.
Less weight due to cheese use
The researchers suggest that the mixture of nutrients in cheese helps to compensate for the increased consumption of saturated fats.
The milk supply from the cheese even had a positive effect on the so-called body mass index (BMI).
In addition, consumption led to lower waist circumference and correlated with lower blood pressure, the researchers add.
The entire diet needs to be viewed closer
Of course, a correlation does not automatically mean a causal link in this effect, the experts say.
It cannot be said with certainty that the consumption of cheese has a positive effect on cholesterol or weight.
Cheese is only a small piece of the puzzle, we have to look at the overall diet of people, the authors explain.
"We not only have to look at the nutrients themselves, but also at the matrix in which we eat them," says Feeney.
Consuming lean products leads to an increased carbohydrate intake
Ironically, the researchers also discovered that consuming low-fat yogurt and milk resulted in a higher carbohydrate intake.
However, cause and effect can work the other way around here.
If people consume more carbohydrates, they may be inclined to lean towards low-fat dairy, scientists speculate.
Maybe those affected want to lose weight.
Further research is needed
It would be very interesting to see this study being repeated with a larger sample size and in different parts of the world, the authors say.
Because culture and geography have a major influence on food. So far, it is unclear whether the Irish diet has led to these results.
Perhaps the previously assumed negative effects of cheese were simply exaggerated, the experts add. (as, advertisement)