It melts, it stretches, it can be grated or sliced, and it tastes delicious.

It’s loaded with fat and salt and other “unhealthy” ingredients.

But now, contrary to conventional advice, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have discovered that it’s extremely heart healthy and lowers blood pressure.

The British Journal of Nutrition published this surprising study in August, 2016.

This study originated from three seemingly inconsistent facts:

1. A high salt intake causes high blood pressure.
2. Dairy cheese contains a lot of salt.
3. People who consume a lot of dairy cheese do not have higher blood pressure than those who avoid it.

In response, a research team decided to feed their study volunteers three salty foods to check whether their arteries responded differently to salt when consumed in cheese as opposed to other salty food sources.