No Benefit to Cutting Fat in Cheese

Does Not Affect Cholesterol Levels




Yeko Photo Studio/Shutterstock.com

Anyone that has struggled to reduce their intake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) may have considered avoiding saturated fat in their diets, although the latest meta-study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine now refutes this. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, conducted a test to determine if consuming low-fat versus regular cheeses impacts LDL cholesterol levels.

The study divided 139 people into three groups. One ate regular fat cheese, one consumed reduced-fat cheese and one didn’t eat any cheese at all for 12 weeks. Both LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) levels were tested at the beginning and end of the period. Researchers found no significant difference in the LDL levels of any of the groups and no difference between the HDL levels of the reduced-fat and regular cheese groups, suggesting that consuming low-fat versions has no measurable metabolic benefit.

An increase in HDL levels among those that abstained from eating cheese altogether was noted.


This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

The Five-Second Rule Debunked

Rutgers researchers found that food dropped on the floor for even one second can be contaminated with bacteria, and that carpet transferred fewer bacteria than tile and stainless steel.

Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health

In a Harvard study, people that replaced a portion of their normal dairy foods with vegetables, nuts and fish reduced their heart-disease risk by a quarter, while people that replaced the dairy with animal fats increased their risk by six percent.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Heeere’s Johnny!

The legendary Johnny Appleseed will appear at the Green Metropolis Fair.

Food Matters is a Film That Matters

Creating Wellness of Arlington Heights, and Sleigh Family Chiropractic will screen the documentary film, Food Matters, at the AMC Randhurst.

Affordable Pet Vaccine Event at Healthy Paws' New Location

Spay Illinois will offer a special vaccination event for dogs and cats at Page's Healthy Paws new location, in Wauconda.

Publisher's Letter

In preparing this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings, with its focus on Simple Living, we realized how even the basic act of simplifying our lives has become complex.

Lakeview Integrative Medicine Offers Purification Program

Lakeview Integrative Medicine will present a special program, One Degree of Change, at 6:30 p.m., September 8, developed by whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process Inc., with Silvia Panitch, M.D., and Rindie Coker, DN.

Expert Advice on the Best Juicing Combos

Juicing is a healthy option for people that want to increase their fruit and vegetable intake, but some combinations may be more beneficial than others. We consulted with local experts to share favorite combos they’ve developed for their clients.