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Want to Live Longer? Eat More Cheese

Want to Live Longer? Eat More Cheese


Ah, the French. With diets rich in saturated fats, they somehow manage to be healthier, and live longer, than most of their European counterparts. This has puzzled scientists for quite some time. Is it all that red wine? Is it their superb healthcare system? Is it really just the French lifestyle? It’s likely a combination of all of these things, and researchers out of the British biotech company Lycotec may have found an additional explanation: cheese.

But it’s not just any cheese that’s likely contributing to the longevity and good health of the French. Nope, the researchers specifically pinpointed  a diet heavy in moldy cheeses can be beneficial to your health. Roquefort, the  veiny blue cheese aged in  the caves in Southern France for almost 2,000 years, is among them.

Moldy cheeses contain anti-inflammatory properties; inflammation has been increasingly linked to all sorts of health issues, from heart disease and cancer to cellulite and muscle loss.

Not a fan of moldy cheese — or dairy in general?  You can check out a handy anti-inflammatory food pyramid here for other tasty foods that contain these properties.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:33AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Interesting information.

7:20AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I love blue cheese as we call it. My dad and I are the only ones who do in our family and we always share a package when we get together.

3:38PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Not really a fan of moldy cheese, but I like cheese in general. Thanks.

3:35PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

I have just been told by my Doctor to cut back on cheese.
I will take her advise with a cracker :)

12:39PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Yes, elan v., there is a cut-off, it's caught me off-guard more than a few times. I think it's 500 words.

I understand the need for such, but it would be good to have a warning flash or something to make us aware we're near our limit for posting. Very annoying.

Re cheeses in general: humans discovered the fermentation processes that convert milk into cheese; its basic benefits were a longer storage life and better nutrient uptake, as raw milk can be very difficult for some people.

2:24AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

We had better know when to stop for the best

1:32AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Thank you

3:32AM PST on Jan 26, 2014


3:27AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

In moderation, organically made cheese is flavourful and delicious. Goat cheese is something to try as well.

6:16PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013


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