What, cheese? Yes, cheese. There has been a lot of misinformation about dairy and heart health over the years. The reason for this misunderstanding is that research has been focusing on small specific nutrients like saturated fat and their impact on health. The assumption was that because dairy often contains saturated fats that it also increases the risk of heart disease.
Despite this assumption, most of the epidemiological studies have shown no negative heart health outcomes if a person consumes dairy on a regular basis. In fact, dairy has shown in some cases to be cardio-protective, or in simple words, that it protects the heart.
The ‘food matrix’ describes a food in terms of both its structure and its nutrient content, and how these interact together. This is more true to life as we do not eat nutrients in isolation but as foods, within meals usually and certainly as part of dietary pattern. With