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Cheese and cholesterol: how much can you eat without harming your health

Elena KozlovaLS Food
Cheese can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
Cheese can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke

Cheese in moderation provides the body with essential nutrients. However, experts do not recommend eating it excessively because of its high cholesterol content.

A study has shown that eating cheese every day can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 14% and 10%, respectively. However, it is important not to exceed 40 grams per day, according to notiziainterista.it.

Cheese and cholesterol: how much can you eat without harming your health

Cheeses with a high cholesterol content

Among the most common are pecorino, cream cheese, and parmesan. It is better not to eat these cheeses if you already have high cholesterol, or use them with extreme caution, after consulting your doctor.

Cheeses with low cholesterol content

These cheeses are not only low in cholesterol but also rich in fatty acids, which help to increase the level of "good" cholesterol in the blood.

  • Ricotta: contains little fat and cholesterol (51 mg per 100 g), but a lot of proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Experts recommend eating it 2 times a week.
  • Stracchino: 100 g of the product contains only 53 mg of cholesterol.
  • Mozzarella: rich in phosphorus, calcium, vitamins A and B2, and contains low cholesterol (46 mg per 100 g). It can be consumed 1 or 2 times a week.
  • Grain cottage cheese: it is a sweet and tender low-fat product. It is very low in cholesterol, only 17 mg per 100 g. The amount of fat is also low – 3-5%.
  • Feta: a delicious Greek cheese that is great for salads and fresh dishes. It contains easily digestible proteins, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamins. The cholesterol content is 68 mg per 100 g. Those who suffer from high blood pressure should be careful with the sodium contained in this cheese, as it increases it.
  • Gorgonzola: this cheese contains an amount of cholesterol that does not go beyond the total ban (70 mg per 100 g of product). It can be included in moderation in a healthy and balanced diet.

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