A small study that looked at diets rich in cheese found some yummy results.

The report published by Danish scientists offers another possible theory to explain why the French don’t seem to suffer from cardiovascular disease, even while eating high saturated fat and high cholesterol diets.

Red wine is one possible reason. Cheese might be another. The average French person eats 57 pounds of cheese each year, significantly more than people in other countries.

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and funded by Dairy interests in Denmark, found that those who ate cheese had higher levels of butyric acid, a compound which has been been linked to reduced obesity and higher metabolism. The higher butyrate levels were also linked to a reduction of inflammation and cholesterol.

(READ more in the Telegraph) – Photo by Skånska Matupplevelser, CC

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