WHY GOAT CHEESE?
Lower in Fat and Calories
When it comes to fat and calories, goat cheese has the advantage over cheese made from cow’s milk. Goat cheese clocks in at eighty calories and six grams of fat per ounce, compared to cow’s milk cheese, which generally has around 100 calories and 10 g of fat per ounce. This means goat cheese is the better choice for staying fit and thin.
Diets higher in calcium have been proven to assist the body’s burning of fat after meals. The need for hormone release to maintain calcium levels is banished, which correlates with a higher rate of fat oxidation.
Higher in Protein
There are five grams of protein in a single ounce of goat cheese! Goat’s milk is a good source of low-cost high-quality protein, providing 8.7 grams of protein (17.4% of the daily value for protein) in one cup versus cow’s milk, which provides 8.1 grams.
Higher in Calcium
The amount of calcium in goat cheese can vary from around forty grams in soft cheese up to 240 grams in hard goat cheese. This clocks in slightly higher than cow’s milk cheese, which has about 200 grams in the hard version. Lower in calories and higher in the good stuff? We like it.
Great Source for a Variety of Other Nutrients
Goat’s milk and goats milk cheese are great sources of a number of important nutrients and vitamins:
- the amino acid tryptophan
- riboflavin or vitamin B2 (which plays important roles in the body’s energy production)
- potassium (which helps prevent high blood pressure and protects against arteriosclerosis)
- goat’s milk contains 25 percent more vitamin B-6 than cow’s
- vitamin A is 47% higher in goat’s milk, too!
- three times as much niacin. It is also four times higher in copper.
- Goat’s milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk.
It’s Easier to Digest
People who are lactose intolerant (about a quarter of the American population!) are sometimes able to tolerate goat cheese even if they have problems digesting cheese made from cow’s milk. The levels of lactose are similar, but the fat molecules in goat cheese are shorter, making them more digestible. Even people who don’t have a lactose intolerance will find that goat cheese appears to be more easily digested than conventional dairy products.
Part of Dr. Oz’s “Blue Zone” Diets
Sardinia, a Mediterranean island 120 miles off the coast of Italy, is a blue zone, an area with a high rate of healthy citizens.
Sardinians drink goat’s milk, which is high in calcium and good for your heart. “Plus, researchers believe it could protect against Alzheimer’s and heart disease,” Dr. Oz says.
Not only is goat’s milk healthy, it’s easier for your stomach to digest and is also good for people who are lactose intolerant. “It has tryptophan, that same sort of mellowing agent that turkey has,” Dr. Oz says. “The fat particles in goat milk are much smaller than in cow milk, so you don’t have to mix it up. And when you mix up fat globules, in some people it makes enzymes that irritate your stomach.” Goat’s milk is available in most grocery store dairy departments, just look for it in a smaller size than a gallon. (Source: http://www.oprah.com/health/The-Secrets-of-the-Blue-Zones/8)
All Good, All Natural
Our goat cheese has no additives, preservatives, or bovine growth hormones that can be found in cow’s milk cheeses.
Goat cheeses contain moderate levels of probiotics, the “good” bacteria that aid gastrointestinal health in the human body. Just what do probiotics do?
- help melt postpartum belly fat
- build elderly immune systems by tackling the age-related deterioration of the immune system.
- they enhance immune system response
- reduce negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics
- aid in preventing and treating colon inflammation following surgery
- help to prevent eczema in youth
- increase ability to digest food
- are therapeutic for viral respiratory tract infections by enhancing the overall immune system
- reduce lactose intolerance
- reduce incidence of yeast infection, vaginitis and candidiasis
- increase ability to assimilate the nutrients from food
- alleviate many common digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea and IBS
- act as a treatment for halitosis (bad breath)
- increase ability to synthesize vitamin B
- increase ability to absorb calcium
- promote anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity in the body
History of Goat Cheese
Worldwide, more people drink goat’s milk than cow’s milk.
Goats have played a role in food culture since time immemorial with ancient cave paintings showing the hunting of goats. They are also one of the oldest domesticated animals since the herding of goats is thought to have evolved about 10,000 years ago in the mountains of Iran.
Goat milk and the cheese made from it were revered in ancient Egypt with some pharaohs supposedly having these foods placed among the other treasures in their burial chambers. Goat milk was also widely consumed by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Goat milk has remained popular throughout history and still is consumed on a more extensive basis worldwide than cow’s milk.