01/5Are cheese, chocolate, and yogurt healthy?
Whether we are happy or sad, cheese and chocolate always help us relax. But, quite often we are reminded that these food items are not ‘healthy’ and one should avoid them. If you are someone who has been hearing this, here’s good news for you. According to various studies, foods like cheese, chocolate, and yogurt have health benefits, too. Scroll below to know more. (Image: istock)
02/5What study says?
According to a study published in Cardiovascular Research, eating full-fat dairy in moderation can help protect your heart. The study conducted by the University of Naples focused on specific categories of food, such as red meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, produce, nuts, and grains and it was found that regular consumption of yogurt and small amounts of cheese could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also revealed that a small amount of chocolate is also good for the heart. (Image: istock)
03/5How much cheese, chocolate, and yogurt are good?
As per the study, consuming up to 200 grams of dairy products per day is good. And when it comes to cheese, up to 50 grams per day is healthy. And, eating chocolate between 20-45 grams a day is good for the human heart. (Image: istock)
04/5What makes them heart-healthy?
Experts believe that the fermentation process involved in the making of cheese and yogurt makes them heart-healthy. According to the study findings, specific compounds in cocoa called flavanols are linked to keeping the heart-healthy. While the study doesn’t specify which chocolate is best, previous studies suggest dark chocolate may be the best option for heart health, since it's richer in flavanols, antioxidants, and other beneficial nutrients. (Image: istock)
So, if you have been avoiding chocolate, cheese, and yogurt, thinking they are not good for your health. Now you have all the reasons to indulge, but remember, moderation is the key. (Image: istock)