CHEVRE IS SEXY, SKINNY, SMART
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.
Good For Your Brain
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.
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.
What does calcium do, anyway?
Calcium is vital to these activities, so when dietary intake of calcium
is too low to maintain adequate blood levels of calcium, calcium stores
are drawn out of the bones to maintain normal blood concentrations. And
calcium from dairy foods is more effective than that gained from a supplement,
according to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- maintains the strength and density of bones.
- helps to protect colon cells
from cancer-causing chemicals
- helps prevent migraine headaches
- reduces PMS symptoms during the second half of the cycle
- helps protect against breast cancer (Women with the highest average dairy
intake had a 45% lower risk of developing breast cancer than women with
the lowest average intake. When only pre-menopausal women were considered,
benefits were even greater; those with the highest average dairy intake
had a 65% reduction in breast cancer risk)
- plays a role in vital body functions, like blood clotting, nerve conduction,
muscle contraction, regulation of enzyme activity, cell membrane function
and blood pressure regulation.
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
- potassium (which helps prevent high blood pressure and protects against
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
World's Healthiest Foods web site and the The George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit
foundation with no commercial interests, is a new force for change to help make
a healthier you and a healthier world.
Cooking with Goat Cheese
Click below to learn some great ways to cook with goat cheese.
Belle's favorite Goat Cheese Recipes
Our favorite Customer
Goat Cheese Recipes
Goat Cheese Serving Ideas:
- Crumble some goat's cheese on a salad of romaine lettuce, pears and pumpkin
- Crumbled goat cheese is a wonderful rich topping for split pea soup.
- Add extra taste and protein to a vegetable sandwich by including some goat's
- Soft, spreadable goat cheese is an exceptional accompaniment to crusty
whole grain bread or crackers and fruit.
- Top sliced tomatoes with crumpled goat cheese and fresh basil. Drizzle
with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.