Denmark is known for its tasty dairy products. Unfortunately butter and cheese are very high in saturated fat. The connection between saturated fats and increased blood cholesterol (leading to heart issues) has been accepted by most health organizations world wide.
That’s why, when research comes out pointing out the opposite, our ears perk. Especially when the research is by Danish scientists, sponsored by the Danish dairy industry.
What did the European scientists discover?
That cheese and butter have different effects on our bloods LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. While adding butter to your diet does increase bad cholesterol levels, cheese does not. A group of 50 people were tested over a period of several months, some consuming butter, others cheese. The butter eaters had an increase of 7% in their LDL cholesterol levels.
Why would cheese, rich in saturated fat just like butter, have no effect?
The researchers hypothesize that it could be the high level of calcium in cheese, as compared to butter. Or maybe the high amount of protein. Or maybe they need to do some more research.
In any case, this is one small study, so don’t go triple cheese on your next pizza night. Rather, enjoy high quality cheese in small portions.