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Is goat cheese healthier than regular cheese?

  1. In 2017, goat dairy is very popular! Recently it was in the news that supermarkets are seeing increases in turnover of up to 30% on the sale of goat dairy. That growth is mainly in soft goat's cheeses.

  2. In the year 2017 goat dairy is very popular! Recently it was in the news that supermarkets are seeing increases in turnover of up to 30% on the sale of goat dairy. That growth is mainly in soft goat's cheeses.

  1. In addition to the fact that we like the taste better than before, this increase may well be due to the health claims made about goat dairy. Goat cheese would be healthier for you than regular cheese. But is that correct?

Goat cheese healthier?

  1. About 10,000 years ago, humans started to consume dairy products. That sounds very long, but viewed from an evolutionary perspective, it is actually relatively short. Our genes have necessarily had to adapt over time to digest dairy. One person does that better than the other.

  1. Unfortunately, a large group still cannot tolerate dairy products well. The cause is often in the production of the enzyme lactase, which is necessary to break down lactose (milk sugar). If your body has trouble producing lactase, you can get complaints when you eat lactose.

  2. Unfortunately, a large group still cannot tolerate dairy products well. The cause is often the production of the enzyme lactase, which is necessary to break down lactose (milk sugar). If your body has trouble producing lactase, you can get complaints when you eat lactose.

  1. Milk, yogurt and cheese: all three dairy products you can buy nowadays with a happy looking cow OR a roguish kid on the packaging. What are you going for? And why?

Goat cheese and lactose

  1. To get straight to the point: all dairy products, except hard (Gouda) cheese, contain lactose. If you are lactose allergy or lactose hypersensitive, you will most likely also suffer from the lactose in goat cheese.

  1. The proportion of lactose in goat's milk is somewhat lower than in cow's milk (about 10%), which means that you may experience fewer complaints. But the complete lack of lactose is therefore no reason to choose the goat over the cow!

  1. The share of vitamins in cheese made from cows or goats is also close to each other. They both contain vitamins A, B1, B6, B12 and D. How do goat cheese and regular cheese differ?

  2. The share of vitamins in cheese made from cows or goats is also close together. They both contain vitamins A, B1, B6, B12 and D. How do goat cheese and regular cheese differ?

  1. Therefore we have to look at the digestibility and the protein profile. Goat's milk contains smaller milk fat globules, which make this variant slightly easier to digest. But there is another important difference between goat dairy and cow dairy, related to the milk protein present â € ˜ caseinâ € ™.

Problems due to milk proteins

  1. Dairy is a good source of milk proteins. These milk proteins consist of 80% casein proteins and 20% whey proteins. Your body needs special enzymes to break down casein. Unfortunately, this process does not always run smoothly, so that the cow's milk proteins are not completely broken down. With all its consequences.

  1. We distinguish two groups of casein: alpha-casein and beta-casein. We can further split beta-casein into variant type A1 and variant type A2. Most cows produce milk with mainly A1-casein type. It is the variant in particular that causes complaints, such as problems with digestion and mucus formation.

  1. Goat's milk predominantly contains type A2 casein, which is more similar in composition to our own mother's milk and causes fewer problems. For people with a casein allergy, goat milk may be the better alternative.

  1. How do you know if you have a casein allergy or are sensitive to it? Symptoms are rash and itching, but also asthmatic complaints or chronic colds. You may also experience stomach pain, diarrhea, or nausea.

Is goat cheese healthier than regular cheese?

  1. Is goat cheese healthier than regular cheese? No. If you don't have a lactose or casein allergy or hypersensitivity, regular cheese is a great addition to a healthy weekly meal plan. However, it is best to eat regular cheese in moderation, because of its saturated fat content. This is a type of fat that we need in small quantities, but too much of which is harmful to your health.

  2. Is goat cheese healthier than regular cheese? No. If you don't have a lactose or casein allergy or hypersensitivity, regular cheese is a great addition to a healthy weekly meal plan. It is best to eat regular cheese in moderation, because of the saturated fat content. This is a type of fat that we need in small quantities, but too much of which is harmful to your health.

  1. Incidentally, goat cheese also contains saturated fat. Goat cheese only scores better when you compare it to its full-fat counterpart. So it just depends on how you look at it! If you want to take a slice or a block of regular cheese, choose the 10+, 20+ or ​​30+ variant. The category tells you everything about the proportion of fat. That's how it works:

  1. To make 1 kilo of regular cheese, you need about 10 liters of milk. Cheese consists mainly of protein and fat. These are the solids that are bound and separated from the liquid in the production of cheese. Every 100 grams of cheese consists of approximately 40 grams of water. The remaining 60 grams determine the â € ˜categoryâ € ™ in which your favorite cheese belongs.

  1. Example: if the cheese says 20+, it means that the 60 grams of remaining cheese consists of 20% fat. In other words: 20% of 60 grams is 12 grams. So of the 100 grams of 20+ cheese that you buy, 12 grams is fat. Good to know, right?

Just do it

  1. Goat cheese and regular cheese both fit - in moderation - into a responsible diet. The exception to this are people who suffer from a cow's milk protein allergy. For that group, using goat cheese instead of regular cheese can provide relief, thanks to the difference in protein profile. If you have a lactose allergy, you should avoid animal dairy.

  1. It is up to you to discover what makes you feel good. Your body indicates this perfectly. As with all other foods: keep varying! Have you been loyal to a sandwich with 30+ cheese for years? Then try a goat cheese sandwich.

  1. Have you banned regular cheese from your kitchen for good to replace it with 'healthier' goat cheese? Next time, feel free to take that old familiar cheese with you. It may be less harm than you think…



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