True or False: Cheese is Deadly for Your Heart?

Find out how much damage your fondue habit really does

by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel
shredded cheddar cheese heart picture
Photograph: Alasdair Thomson

FALSE. Cheese contains a ton of saturated fat, which typically raises unhealthy blood cholesterol levels and contributes to arterial plaque buildup. But Danish researchers found that eating cheese has a neutral effect on LDL (“bad”) and total cholesterol blood levels, possibly because of the way it’s digested by the body. The finding, however, does not give you the green light for reveling in Welsh rarebit and fondue: Cheese is loaded with calories (for instance, 114 for one tiny ounce of Cheddar).

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Originally published in the May 2012 issue

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