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Four Things To Know About Goat Cheese And Why You Probably Should Be Eating It

by Jeffery Howard

If you are a person who enjoys foods with cheese in them, you should consider taking your taste buds on an adventure by trying goat cheese. Perhaps you have already tasted goat cheese, but you may not fully understand the nutritional value of this type of cheese. It is also possible that you are under the assumption that goat cheese can only be used for specific recipes that list it as an ingredient. 


Goat cheese is available in a variety of consistencies. If you have only had it in a few dishes, you likely do not know what you are missing. It can be used in dishes that require a creamy, hard, or crumbled cheese consistency. 

Use goat cheese as a substitute for recipes that have sour cream listed as an ingredient without any dietary guilt. According to drgourmet.com, an ounce of goat cheese and an ounce of reduced-fat sour cream have the same amount of saturated fat and calories. You can also substitute goat cheese for recipes that require feta cheese without the worries of compromising the taste of your dishes. Simply opt for a sharp goat cheese such as Crottin for this type of substitution. 

Low in Sodium

Goat cheese is a naturally low sodium cheese. This makes it ideal for people who are at risk for high blood pressure or other cardiovascular conditions. 

Easy Digestibility

Some people have allergies to certain types of milk, and a common culprit is cow milk. Goat milk has smaller fat molecules, less lactose and shorter amino acid protein chains than cow milk. These differences make it possible for some people with lactose intolerance and cow milk allergies to easily digest goat milk without any ill effects. 

Vitamin and Mineral Content

The human body is unable to make its own vitamins and minerals. People must get these micronutrients from the foods they consume, or they can take supplements to make up for deficiencies. Goat cheese is a good source of the mineral phosphorous, and it also has niacin, riboflavin, and Vitamins A, D, and K

As you can see, fresh goat cheese is a good choice when you want to create your own cheesy masterpieces in the kitchen or a snack on the go. Goat cheese is a good option even if you do not cook at home every day of the week. As long as you tightly seal and keep the goat cheese in the refrigerator, it should retain its freshness for 2 to 3 weeks.