So, eating certain types of cheese may actually make you live longer

Cheese gets a bad rep.

Sure it's loaded with calories and fat, but it's definitely tasty enough that we're willing to forget that. 

However, you'll be happy to know that researchers at the Texas A&M University have discovered a surprising health benefit linked with the food.  

According to the study, aged cheese like brie, parmesan and cheddar could actually prevent liver disease and contribute to a longer life expectancy

Apparently these unlikely benefits are all down to a special compound called ‘spermidine’.

The naturally occurring compound has been known to hinder the replication of damaged liver cells, thus preventing many liver diseases, including cancer.

The spermidine treatment was linked to a 25 per cent increase in the life expectancy if mice, however, scientist still have a long way to go before confirming if the same effect could be seen in humans.

Not a cheese lover? Don’t worry, the same effect can be had from eating whole grains, mushrooms, corn and legumes.

Not us though, we’ll take all the cheese.