In December last year, there was some good news for health-conscious cheeselovers. A review of 15 studies with data from over 200000 people was published in the European Journal of Nutrition. It looked at the link between eating cheese and the risks of cardiovascular disease in general, coronary heart disease and stroke, and found that people who ate cheese were better off (heart-wise) than those who didn’t eat any at all. The sweet spot seemed to be about 40g a day – not much. And getting the balance right, as ever, seems important: more than that, and you lose the benefit. There’s just one rider: the studies were based on self-reported amounts eaten – and we all know we tend to eat more than we think!