Cheese May Guard Against Diabetes
Type 2 risk appears to go down in those who indulge: study
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2012 2:02 PM CDT
Updated Jul 28, 2012 6:22 AM CDT
Mmmm, cheese.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Finally, a reason to eat cheese that is slightly more sound than, "Because it tastes delicious." Turns out the risk of Type 2 diabetes could actually be reduced by 12% for regular cheese eaters, a new study finds. It's counterintuitive, since Type 2 diabetes is often connected to obesity, and cheese is high in saturated fat. But it may also have high levels of good types of fat, the Telegraph explains.

It's also possible that the fermentation process involved in making cheese causes a reaction that protects against diabetes and heart problems, researchers theorize. No other dairy products, with the possible exception of yogurt, showed the same positive effect. But don't go binging on cheese just yet, a diabetes charity warns: More studies are needed to confirm the results.

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InferiorToYou
Jul 28, 2012 1:37 PM CDT
"It's also possible that the fermentation process involved in making cheese causes a reaction that protects against diabetes and heart problems, researchers theorize. " There are as many different fermentation processes as there are types of cheese. The different fermentation byproducts are what make each cheese unique.
darnkarma
Jul 25, 2012 12:09 PM CDT
Cheese, eggs and nuts. All delicious and all healthy. I never stopped eating them. I don't eat meat (personal preference not related to health, don't care what other people do) and I have to balance my diet. This is not news to me.
odowd80
Jul 25, 2012 1:12 AM CDT
So, researchers have found that coffee, red wine, eggs, and now cheese are healthy foods? Things are looking good for me.