Goat Cheese Is More Than Tangy, It's Healthy
By Paul Rothbart
Upscale foods can seem exotic. Quail eggs instead of chicken eggs. Calves' brains instead of beef. Even in the use of goat cheese rather than standard cheese made from cow's milk, gourmets may use it for its tangy taste and creamy texture, but goat cheese has many health benefits. It's available in most supermarkets. Here are some reasons to consider adding it to your diet.
The nutrition in just one ounce of goat cheese is impressive. That single serving contains 102 calories and six grams of protein. It also has 11 percent of the recommended daily allowance of riboflavin, 10 percent of the recommended phosphorus, and 8 percent of the calcium allowance. Goat cheese also has significant amounts of copper, iron, and niacin. This combination of ingredients helps to strengthen bones. The fat in goat cheese is mostly in the form of medium-chain fatty acids. These digest more easily and are less likely to be stored as fat. Another nutrient in goat cheese is capric acid which can act as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Easier to Digest
Goat milk tends to be easier on the digestive system than cow's milk. Thus, products made from goat milk, such as cheese are also easier to digest. It is estimated that as much as 70 percent of the world's population may be lactose intolerant. Goat's milk has a much lower content of lactose than cow's milk and is a good choice for those who have lactose issues.
The digestive system is aided by healthy bacteria called probiotics. These microbes help break down food as well as reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. Goat cheese contains a large amount of a variety of probiotics. Research has also discovered that cheese protects probiotics during digestion, allowing them to flourish and reach the gut.
Goat cheese tends to be more filling than other cheeses. This can be beneficial to weight loss as it helps to curb hunger pangs. With its easy digestion, goat cheese provides energy to the body more quickly, making it unnecessary to eat a larger amount of food. Research conducted with 33 adults showed that those who ate a breakfast that included goat cheese had significantly fewer cravings and ate less during the day than those who had a cow's milk breakfast.
The texture is different as is the taste. Some people consider it exotic. But goat cheese is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Think about adding some to your diet. It can boost your health significantly.
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