Cheese Keeps a Check on Blood Sugar Levels, Researchers Say

The high-fat content in cheese lately has made it a dietary culprit in a lot of minds. The new University of Alberta study has brought amazing news for diabetic patients, that is, cheese helps in controlling blood sugar levels. The study was funded by Dairy Farmers of Canada (C.B.C).

Both low fat and regular cheese influenced the pre-diabetic rats positively by controlling the blood sugar levels. This news may be a blessing for those people who are cheese lovers but are always concerned about the fat content in it. The findings are published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

“It suggests that eating cheese doesn’t make things worse and may, in fact, make things better in terms of cardiovascular disease or diabetes risk,” said a nutrition expert Catherine Chan, who was eager to find the relation between cheese and insulin sensitivity.

The researchers were not able to find the real cause behind this relationship but Chan noted that cheese balanced the phospholipids content in the body. Phospholipids are the derivatives of dietary fats are an essential constituent for many important functions in the body.

“The cheese didn’t totally normalize the effects of insulin, but it significantly improved them. And it didn’t matter whether it was low-fat or regular cheese,” she said.

It is one of the good news for those people who crave regular cheese all the time. However, Chan said, people are usually suggested to go for low-fat cheese, there are some other reasons as to why some people find it unappealing.

“The response is, ‘I don’t like it,’ so people either eat no cheese or eat regular-fat cheese and feel guilty about it. Cheese has lots of nutrients, and if you cut it out of your diet, what are you going to replace it with?”

This new study carried out by Chan and his team members supports the already existing study which shows that cheese does not increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, the food guidelines like Canada food guidelines are asking the people to reduce the use of saturated fat including the low-fat cheese.

“The question is, what is the basis for that recommendation? When we started looking, we found there’s not a lot of information out there about low-fat versus regular cheese,” said Chan.

She asks people to consult their dieticians and doctors first before including cheese in their diet, however, cheese is considered as one of the healthy foods for many of us.

“The key to good health is to have a diversity of good food, and cheese has a place in the diet of most people. Like grandma says, everything in moderation. If I love cheese, I would not cut it out of my diet,” said Chan.

The findings encourage the researchers to further work on this newly built relationship. “Right now it can be confusing when we’re told to cut fat from our diets. This study helps to provide a rationale for further studies in humans so that eventually, researchers can make more rational decisions about the dietary recommendations we give to people.”

Adeena Tariq

Adeena's professional life has been mostly in hospital management, while studying international business in college. Of course, she now covers topics for us in health.

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