Dairy, including cheese, is essential for a healthy diet. Cheese is a popular dairy food—it tastes great, there are dozens of different varieties, and it can be used in many different types of dishes. There are alternatives to milk and dairy, soya for example, but dairy products are great sources of calcium, phosphorous, and of course protein. Sadly, cheese is usually a forbidden food for dieters, so if you can’t stand the thought of ‘no cheese’, is goat’s cheese a healthy alternative?
The Benefits Of Cheese
Our bodies need protein and calcium to grow properly, which is why kids benefit from drinking milk and eating dairy, but what about adults?
Adults need protein and calcium, too. Both are the building blocks of life and the calcium in dairy products such as cheese is easily absorbed by the body. Cheese is also known to promote healthy teeth by protecting us against tooth decay.
The Problem With Cheese
We all love cheese, which is why it is used in so many recipes and processed food products. The trouble is that even low-fat hard cheese contains lots of calories and way too much fat. A small piece of cheese grated into a salad can play havoc with your weight loss campaign and therefore you could be sabotaging your diet without even realising it.
Try Goat’s Cheese
Although cheese in general is not very good for dieters, there are some cheesy alternatives you can use as a substitute. One of these is goat’s cheese. A white, creamy textured cheese with a slightly salty flavour, goat’s cheese is readily available in supermarkets. If kept in a refrigerator, it will stay fresh for several weeks. Eat it plain, or add it to cooked dishes.
Weight Loss Benefits Of Goat’s Cheese
Along with feta, goat’s cheese is naturally low in fat and contains far fewer calories per ounce than a hard cheese such as cheddar. One ounce of goat’s cheese contains approximately 75 calories and 6 grams of fat. By contrast, an ounce of cheddar contains 115 calories and 9.5 grams of fat. Fresh goat’s cheese also has another important quality that can help you lose weight: it contains a special fatty acid that will help you to feel fuller at the end of the meal.
How To Make The Most Of Goat’s Cheese
- Add goat’s cheese to a green salad
- Spread soft goat’s cheese on to apple slices
- Use goat’s cheese to add extra flavour to a white sauce
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