Danish researchers have discovered a gut response that they're calling 'cheese metabolism'. They asked groups of men to eat either butter, cheese or milk - and no other dairy - for two weeks and found that those who ate cheese or milk had anti-inflammatory bacteria, butyrate, in their gut. This bacteria has been found to increase energy production and burn fat.
They warn that raiding the cheese board and all it has to offer in its entirety isn't such a good idea though! Instead, nibbling on the odd bit of brie, cheddar or blue cheese, rather than gorging on a whole block, is best.
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