In France, locals thrive on natural fats from food. Harnessing the power of farmers markets and focusing solely on freshly sourced ingredients, they’ve routinely been able to stave off disease, and new research is finally explaining why this is – cheese.
According to a new study from researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, individuals who ate cheese had a higher level of butyrate, a compound found in the gut associated with a reduction in cholesterol.
A total of 15 healthy men were given cheese or milk, and some ate a control diet of just butter with no other associated dairy products.
Through a process of fecal and urine samples, researchers were able to monitor butyrate levels in the subjects and keep track of who ate cheese and who didn’t.
Out of all the men in the study, only those who ate cheese had this effect.
In fact, the cheese eaters experienced a heightened metabolic response, an important clue that could explain the French paradox.
In a similar fashion, a study from Sweden showed that people who ate high-fat cheeses and yogurt lowered their risk for developing type-2 diabetes by 23 percent.
Cheese is a food science which involves a starter culture, salt, milk, enzymes, and a fermentation process.
Natural cheese, not processed, is made from organic, grass-fed cows.
When prepared naturally, cheese contains a variety of health-boosting properties, such as amino acids, saturated fats, omega-3’s, vitamins and minerals, vitamin K2, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a well-known cancer-fighting substance.
Cheese produced from grass-fed cows is superior to grain-fed sources. As scientific proof, cows that are grass-fed have a whopping five times the amount of CLA than conventional livestock.
Naturally produced cheese also has a higher enzyme count, making it more digestible and better absorbed.
The French have avoided the supermarket bullies and protected their love of fresh food.
By ditching the sugary junk and switching to fatty specialties, such as organic cheeses, you can enjoy a lifetime of good cholesterol and nourish your heart and taste buds at the same time!