Hold the back door, because this news is so good we needed a cheesy headline to simply describe it. Turns out, that if you’re looking to watch your waistline for the upcoming bikini season, eating cheese may be a good way to stay on track. That’s right, cheese.
According to a study published in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, eating cheese could actually help you lose weight.
The study was conducted at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University, with some funding from the Danish Dairy Research Foundation. They looked at something called your “cheese metabolism,” which is a polite way of putting it.
In order to conduct the actual study itself, researchers compared urine and faecal samples from 15 men who had a diet of milk and cheese, or butter, but no other dairy for two weeks. Those who ate cheese and milk had higher levels of a compound called butyrate in their samples than the non-cheese eaters.
So what does that mean, for us, exactly?
Butyrate is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid, which has been linked to an increase in energy production. In some cases, it can even improve your metabolism. This could potentially lead to helping us maintain our bad fat percentages and even prevent the development of obesity.
Before you go ordering up cheese platters for dessert or eating an entire brick of cheddar to yourself, however, remember the golden rule of healthy eating: everything in moderation.
Shredding an ounce of sharp cheddar on your next pasta bake or adding aged Parmasean to your risotto is fine, or if you prefer eating your cheese with crackers be sure to portion it out ahead of time to encourage mindful eating. While cheese might have upped the amount of gut bacteria in a handful of men, it’s still fairly high in fat. When it doubt, feta and goat cheese are some of the safest bets.