Cheese has always been a guilty pleasure, given its high saturated fat content. Thankfully, a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that cheese doesn't increase cholesterol levels.
According to The Atlantic, "For six weeks each person ate their set amount of cheese or butter, then returned to their normal diet for two weeks, then switched diets for six weeks, so that those who ate butter ate cheese and the cheese eaters ate butter."
Subjects' LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol) level while eating cheese remained the same as their cholesterol level while on their normal diets. In fact, when subjects switched from eating butter to cheese (with the same fat content), their cholesterol level lowered.
So now we can enjoy brie and crackers without guilt. Although, as with every health study, researchers emphasize the need for moderation.
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