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Cheese: Verdict Is Still Out

Real Beauty examines conflicting studies about the role cheese should play in your diet if you are trying to lose weight: "A new study in Nutrition and Metabolism, funded by the National Dairy Council, suggests that cheese and other dairy foods may help prevent weight gain after dieting; another study found that regular cheese eaters gained less weight over time than those who ate cheese less often. But other studies, including one from Johns Hopkins in 2008, have found that people who eat more cheese tend to be more overweight."

Another study published in a 2011 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that when consumed in large quantities, cheese can help lower LDL-cholesterol concentrations. The belief is that the high calcium content found in cheese is responsible for this outcome.

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