As an avid cheese lover, I have tried many different cheeses in my life. They are pretty much all amazing, but share the same downfall: they are loaded with fat and calories. Cheese is one of those simple pleasures in life, but overindulgence can most certainly lead to some negative effects on the body. Fortunately, there some alternatives that, in my opinion, taste just as great.
Let’s face it: cheese is fattening. In fact, the typical cheese made from cow’s milk contains about 110 calories and 11 g of fat per ounce. Eighty of those calories are from fat, making up 73% of the calories from fat–ew! On the other hand, goat cheese contains around 75 calories and five and a half grams of fat for the same amount and only 64% of goat cheese’s calories are from fat. This means you could eat two ounces of goat cheese for every one ounce of cow cheese and still consume the same amount of fat.
The way I look at it is this: cows produce milk for their calves to grow hundreds of pounds in a matter of days. In order to do that, the calves need plenty of fat and calories. But goats do not need to grow nearly as much, therefore goat milk is lower in fat and calories. Make sense?
Another great plus to goat cheese is that it is much easier to digest. Since goat cheese does not contain as much fat (the fat cells are smaller), it is much easier for humans to digest. This means that even lactose intolerant people can eat goat cheese much more easily than they can cow cheese.
Goat cheese is also a great source for protein and calcium. It actually contains more of both than its popular cow-made counterpart. In addition to those obviously important nutrients, goat cheese also contains much more vitamin B-6 (25% more), vitamin A (47% more!), and selenium (27% more) than cow cheese does. Selenium is an antioxidant that works mainly against the damages of the sun, which we all know includes redness and wrinkles. Load up on selenium and your skin will be smoother and clearer in no time–it can even reverse already sun damaged skin.
Goat cheese also contains no cholesterol while one serving of cheddar cheese contains 25 grams. With such a high cholesterol problem in this country, goat cheese should clearly be more appreciated. On the same note, goat cheese contains half the sodium that cow cheese does. So why are we still eating cow cheese again?