If you love Easter, but are more of a savoury person than a sweet, you’ll be thrilled to know that your needs are catered for this year in the form of a cheese egg.
The Cheesalicious Easter Egg is made from 120g of cheddar, and it’s only £5.
The Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses egg is available at Sainsbury’s and also comes with a packet of oatcakes, and a sachet of chutney.
Emma Garvey, Cheese Buyer for Sainsbury’s (what a job), said: “We’re always looking for new and unique products to offer to our customers, especially during gifting periods throughout the year when people are on the lookout for something special to give their loved ones.
“The Cheesalicious Easter Egg seemed like an obvious and exciting choice to expand our Easter egg offering and cater to cheese aficionados nationwide. The egg is truly delicious and we can’t wait to see the response from our customers.”
You can pick one up at Sainsbury’s stores and online at from 10 April.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a plant-based diet is the best way forward. However, researchers from McMasters University in Canada have found that people who eat more than two portions of cheese per day saw decreases in the chance of stroke and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study looked at 130,000 people aged between 35 and 70, from 21 different countries. Those who ate less than half a serving a day saw their mortality rate rise by 44.4 percent, five percent of which was down to cardiovascular disease.
Mahshid Dehghan, lead author of the study said: “Our findings support that consumption of dairy products might be beneficial for mortality and cardiovascular disease, especially in low-income and middle-income countries where dairy consumption is much lower than in North America or Europe.”
LADbible reports that a separate study by Texas A&M University found that eating mature cheese could lower your chance of liver cancer.
Aged cheese contains a compound called spermidine that could help to prevent two of the most common types of liver cancer – liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma – by stopping damaged cells from replicating.
Howeverm Jimmy Chun Yu Louie, from the University of Hong Kong said: “The results from the PURE study seem to suggest that dairy intake, especially whole-fat dairy, might be beneficial for preventing deaths and major cardiovascular diseases.
“However, as the authors themselves concluded, the results only suggest the ‘consumption of dairy products should not be discouraged and perhaps even be encouraged in low-income and middle-income countries.’
“It is not the ultimate seal of approval for recommending whole-fat dairy over its low-fat or skimmed counterparts. Readers should be cautious and treat this study only as yet another piece of the evidence (albeit a large one) in the literature.”
So basically, it looks like more research is needed. But it’s looking positive.