Surprise: Research shows eating cheese has no effect on weight gain
Just what we wanted to hear after all the bad news in 2020...
If you're anything like me and the many others who are concerned about all the weight they've gained from just sitting around at home and eating, then you'll be pleased to hear what research says about cheese and weight gain – so you can continue to enjoy your brie and baked Camembert for afternoon tea.
The results from a clinical study that took place in 2011 published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that the reputation of cheese as a fattening, artery-clogging, and heart-attacking inducing food, is quite undeserved. In three separate cohorts totalling 120,877 US adults, the study found over several decades that cheese actually had no effect on the total weight gained or lost, whereas foods such as potatoes, processed meats, and refined grains, were associated with weight gain. In contrast, foods such as yogurt, fruit, and nuts, were associated with weight loss, as expected.
In a more recent study from 2018 in Nutrients, a human nutrition journal, the results showed that rather than having an inert effect on weight, the consumption of cheese actually presented in weight loss, in a cohort of 2,512 men aged 45-59 years of age, followed up at 5-year intervals for over 20 years. Hence, the study suggested that in the long-term, consuming cheese has beneficial effects on lowering a person's body mass index (BMI) and overall weight.
No need to abandon your cheesy pasta: studies show that cheese has no effect on weight gain, and may assist in weight loss in the long term. (Image Credit: Cristiano Valadar @ Unsplash)
However, it is necessary to note that there are certain limitations within the study and the results only indicate long-term cheese consumption to be beneficial in lowering BMI (that's fine by us). Nevertheless, though the study requires further investigation, the results are promising as future indicators of health in statistical pointers such as mortality and cardiovascular disease.
Whatever the case may be, it is evident that eating cheese will not make you gain weight, and if anything, it will have a benign impact on weight gain - unless it is consumed daily for a long-term period (extending 10-years), then it can even help you to shed some of those kilos!