Calorie and fat content
Cheese isn’t a food characteristically known for being low in fat and calories. When it comes to fat and calorie content, goat cheese has the advantage over traditional cheese made from cow’s milk. While cow’s milk cheese generally has around 100 calories and 10 grams of fat per ounce, goat cheese only has 8 calories and 6 grams of fat. This makes goat cheese a better choice if you’re trying to watch your waistline. This means goat cheese is the better choice for staying fit and thin. Plus, you’ll benefit from the five grams of protein in a single ounce of this tasty cheese.
It’s more digestible
Around a quarter of the American population suffers from lactose intolerance, a condition which makes it difficult to digest lactose containing foods such as milk and cheese. People who are lactose intolerant are sometimes able to tolerate goat cheese even if they have problems digesting conventional cheese made from cow’s milk. Although both forms of cheese have similar levels of lactose, it seems that the fat molecules in goat cheese are shorter making them more digestible. Even for people who don’t have a lactose intolerance, goat cheese appears to be more easily digested than conventional dairy products. It can also be a good choice if you have an allergy to traditional dairy products. “It has tryptophan, that same sort of mellowing agent that turkey has. 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.” Dr. Oz says.”
It’s a good source of calcium
Despite the fact that it’s lower in calories and fat than most dairy products, goat cheese is a good source of bone preserving calcium. The amount of calcium in goat cheese can vary from around 40 grams in soft cheese up to 240 grams in hard goat cheese, slightly higher than cow’s milk cheese which has about 200 grams in the hard version. Lower calories, high calcium content – it’s a good combination.
What does calcium do, anyway?
- 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.
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. “Goats milk is high in calcium and good for your heart. Plus, researchers believe it could protect against Alzheimer’s and heart disease,” Dr. Oz says.
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.
Higher in Protein
There are 5 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.
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 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.
All Good, All Natural
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 do?
- 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 and IBS
- 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