Cheese has long been a food of confusion. Recent reports have connected this dairy product to everything from speedier weight loss to damaging heart disease. So, what’s the bottom line? Is this food truly healthful and, if so, what kind do you have to eat to reap its benefits: soft or hard, non-fat or full, mild flavored or intense? For a straight slice of the truth, we asked our Health Editor-at-Large, Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, CNS, to sift through the newest research. Here's a look at the latest health risks and benefits and what you need to know to become a true cheese whiz today.