Eating Cheese May Offset Blood Vessel Damage From Salt

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cheese lovers, rejoice. Antioxidants naturally found in cheese may help protect blood vessels from damage from high levels of salt in the diet, according to a new Penn State study.

In a randomized, crossover design study, the researchers found that when adults consumed a high-sodium diet, they also experienced blood vessel dysfunction. But, when the same adults consumed four servings of cheese a day alongside the same high-sodium diet, they did not experience this effect.

Billie Alba, who led the study while finishing her doctoral degree at Penn State, said the findings may help people balance food that tastes good with minimizing the risks that come with eating too much salt.

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