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Too Much Cheese Can Raise Your Bladder Cancer Risk

Author : John Welsh

Cheese is one solid milk-based product, which is loved by all age group people. People eat cheese all over the world. Prepared from sheep milk, goat milk, cow milk or mammal milk, cheese is used as a topping on many recipes. Health conscious people avoid eating cheese as it contains lots of fats.

Cheese consumption linked to bladder cancer

Now a new research warns that too much cheese can cause bladder cancer, which kills thousands of people every year worldwide.

Eating more than 53g cheese, which is roughly the same weight as a small chocolate bar, raises an individual's chance of developing the disease by 50 percent, according to findings of the new study, carried out by a team of Dutch and Belgian researchers.

In their study, the research team found that the risk increased by more than 50 percent in those who ate more than 53 grams of cheese a day, the Daily Mail reported.

But eating cheese in lesser amount did not appear to increase the dangers, the researchers found.

Study details

In their study, the Dutch and Belgian researchers attempted to study the impact of saturated fats, such as those found in meat and dairy products, on the probability of getting bladder cancer.

They also set out to discover if healthier fats, such as olive oil, offered some protection, reported the Daily Mail.

To reach their findings, the researchers observed eating habits of 200 bladder cancer victims and compared them with 386 healthy volunteers.

Study findings

After studying the eating habits of all the participants, the researchers found that eating too much was associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Cheese had little effect unless the amount exceeded 53g a day, they found. The risk elevated with every extra gram of consumption of cheese.

While too much cheese consumption daily can raise a person's risk of bladder cancer, a daily portion of olive oil can more than halve the risk of getting the disease, suggest research authors, according to the Daily Mail.

The study authors have recommended the use of olive oil in cooking food so that immunity can be developed to combat bladder cancer.

On the other hand, foods such as fish, chicken, eggs and margarine, showed little effect in the development of condition.

Cheese is not a major threat

However, the Dutch and Belgian researchers stressed their study does not suggest that cheese is a major health threat.

"We found a potentially protective effect from a high intake of olive oil and a suggestive increased risk from high cheese consumption," the researchers reported in the European Journal of Cancer reports.

"But these results need to be confirmed by other studies."

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