Like other dairy products, it contains a high amount of saturated fat - which has been recently connected to high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and heart disease.
A meta-analysis of 15 observational studies set out to determine how long-term cheese consumption affects the development and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke.
Experts, however, warn that this is not linear - in short, the study does not mean that people should start consuming blocks of cheese to prevent heart disease.
"We found that high, compared with low, cheese consumption was significantly associated with 10-14% lower risks of CVD and its subgroups", researchers wrote.
Well, sort of. The study explains that, as with anything, moderation is key. Now, a new saturated fat has fallen under the scrutiny of researchers: cheese.
The researchers' findings were "certainly different from what people might expect", says Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who was not involved in the new analysis. Now, cheese-lovers can sleep well knowing that their midnight snack or post-night-out cheese fry indulgence is actually good for them. Either way, I've yet to find a weirdo who doesn't like cheese, whether they eat it or not.
As noted in the study, cheese is also a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, which also may be "cardiovascular protective properties".
"Cheese can be high in probiotics, which tend to put you in less of an inflammatory state", Stewart told Time. But the benefits outweigh the bad when it comes to cheese.
Adults should get about 1,000 mg of calcium a day and one ounce of cheese gives you roughly 20 percent.