A new study by researchers from the State University of Pennsylvania finds a positive aspect in eating cheese. According to the researchers, the antioxidants that this food contains can protect blood vessels from damage that can be caused by excessive use of salt in the diet.
The study was conducted by Billie Alba while she finished her PhD at that university. The researcher found in her randomized study that adults who showed a blood vessel dysfunction due to a diet rich in sodium but at the same time consumed at least four servings of cheese a day, could compensate for this damage.
The study was conducted on 11 adults who followed four different diets for eight days at a time: a diet low in sodium and without cheese, a diet low in sodium and rich in cheese, a diet rich in sodium and without cheese and a diet rich in sodium and rich in cheese. At the end of each diet week, participants returned to the laboratory for the test, which included an examination of the blood vessels.
The same researcher admits that it is difficult to push people to reduce salt in the diet and that this new discovery, perhaps, will help to counteract the damage that this ingredient can bring to the body, especially to the cardiovascular system.
Lacy Alexander, a professor of kinesiology at Penn State, also took part in the study and said in the press release: “We wanted to examine these connections more closely and explore some of the precise mechanisms by which cheese, a dairy product, can affect heart health.”