Goat cheese, oh goat cheese, how I love thee! No seriously.. I absolutely LOVE goat cheese! In my opinion you can put it on anything and it will taste that much better. With its creaminess and bold flavors, goat cheese is the king of the cheeses. In case you didn’t know, choosing to eat goat cheese over most cow cheese is actually a healthier option. Here are a few facts about goat cheese that you may not know:
- 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.
- Dairy plays an important role in the brain’s functioning. A 2012 study found those who regularly have dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt score better in tests of mental ability than people who never, or rarely, consume dairy products.
- 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.
- 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? Sounds amazing to me!
- 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
- For more fun facts about goat cheese click here which is where I found all these facts
I also wanted to do a recap of all the yummy goat cheese recipes I’ve ever made on Peaches to Pearls. Let me know if you try any of them and tell me what you think! Happy Friday my friends!
- White Truffle Brussels Sprouts + Goat Cheese
- Goat Cheese Peach Pizza
- Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers