Health Benefits of Goat Cheese

We all know a good cheese when we taste it. Unfortunately, some of our favorites are often not the healthiest of choices. However, the good news is you can’t go wrong with goat cheese!

Lower in cholesterol, sodium, fat, and calories than cow’s milk (per 1 oz, goat milk cheeses have 80 calories and 6g of fat versus cow milk cheeses’ 100 calories and 10g fat) goat cheese is a great source of calcium and protein. Calcium grams in both the fresh and aged goat cheese is higher than their cow milk cheese counterparts. Calcium has also been shown to aid in the burning of fat, making goat cheese a good metabolism booster. There are 5 grams of protein in one ounce of cheese alone, providing 10% of the recommended daily value. Goat cheese is rich in other nutrients as well, such as phosphorus, vitamin A (nearly 50% more than cow’s milk cheese!), Vitamins B-2, B-6, D, and K, niacin, thiamin and potassium among others.

For those that count themselves among the lactose intolerate, goat cheese might be the answer. Despite having similar lactose levels (though still less than cow’s milk), the fat molecules in goat cheese are smaller, and therefore easier to digest. Goat cheese also contains some probiotics which are known for aiding in digestion and gastrointestional health.

No matter where you live, both fresh and aged local goat cheeses are always preferable, as they have fewer to no preservatives (Edgwick farm’s goat cheese is in the “no preservatives” category!)

We know you didn’t need any further excuses to enjoy goat cheese, but now you can enjoy it from a most educated standpoint!

Hanging Canterbury

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