Eating Aged Cheese Could Actually Help You Live Longer

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Cheese often gets vilified for its high saturated fat content, so here’s the news you’ve been waiting for. Eating cheese is good for you when consumed sparingly. Researchers found aged varieties like cheddar, brie and parmesan could help boost life expectancy and even prevent liver cancer.

The study, by Texas A&M University, found these cheeses contain spermidine, a compound which stops damaged liver cells from replicating. This means potentially preventing liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer. The study analysed spermidine treatment in mice and found their life expectancy increased by 25 per cent. Further research is needed to determine whether this could translate for humans. If it did, it could help us reach 100-years-old rather than the current life expectancy of 81. With that said, here’s a recipe from meal delivery service dinnerly.comwhich takes 20 minutes to prepare.

Ultra Creamy Mac & Cheese with Peas

Ingredients
Shredded cheddar
Peas
Dijon mustard
Red onion, chopped
Fusilli
Cream cheese
Olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
Coarse salt

Method
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just al dente, about 8 minutes. Reserve pasta water and drain well.

2. Heat olive oil over medium-high in a large skillet. Add onion and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Sauté until onion is translucent, about two minutes.

3. Add 1¼ cups pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Whisk in cream cheese until melted, then whisk in Dijon. Add shredded cheddar to skillet and stir until melted. Stir in peas.

5. Add pasta and stir to combine. Add more pasta water if needed to coat the pasta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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