|Curried potatoes with poached egg|
Food Diary (December 03, 2011)
Dinner: Curried potatoes with poached egg, carrot soup
Baking/sweets: Chocolates etc
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Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: the Atlantic
Say cheese if you want to smile. Or read this article, it will have the same effect, especially if you love cheese.
Cheese is avoided by some people due to high saturated fat content and its likely effect on the heart. Danish researchers compared the effect of cheese and butter on heart health parameters and found that cheese lowered LDL levels when compared with butter intake of equal fat content.
About 50 people were placed on a controlled diet of cheese or butter every day. For six weeks each person ate their set amount of cheese or butter, then returned to their normal diet for two weeks, then switched diets for six weeks, so that those who ate butter ate cheese and the cheese eaters ate butter.
Despite the fact that the participants ate more fat than they normally did, those who ate cheese daily had no increase in their LDL or total cholesterol. When eating butter, the same people saw their LDL levels increase by about seven percent on average. The researchers speculate that the calcium in cheese may aid in the excretion of fat by the body. Other possible reason could be that the fermentation process could affect the way cheese is digested.
Before you get too excited, here’s the last paragraph from the article “though cheese lovers may have a reason to rejoice, this study does not mean that cheese can be eaten in unlimited quantities. As with all things related to food and nutrition, moderation is key.”