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Cheese and Your Heart

by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pete Aoukar, MD
Posted: February 20

Cheese is high in saturated fatty acids, the ones that increase the risk of heart disease by raising the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

Although it is best to avoid cheese altogether, the next best thing is to limit yourself to one or two ounces of cheese, once or twice a week.

If you are going to drink wine, red wine has protective effects on the cholesterol profile. Red wine increases HDL (the "good cholesterol") , thins the blood and has antioxidant effects. Dark beer has similar beneficial effects as red wine.

Alcohol has its best effects when consumed with a meal. As such, reserve your cheese eating as a lunch or dinnertime appetizer with a glass of red wine or dark beer.

We recommend drinking in moderation, as drinking more than one or two glasses actually increases your risk of dying from heart and liver/pancreatic disease.

If you are healthy to begin with, you should drink in moderation, but don't use it as an excuse for irresponsible behavior.

Consult your primary care physician, cardiologist, nutrition specialist or cardiovascular specialist before you start drinking alcohol for its reported "protective effects" on the heart.

Excerpt from the book: Everything Is Bad For Your Heart: The A to Z Guide, Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD. Magalhaes Scientific Press

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