Having high cholesterol used to mean having to restrict your diet and give up on many foods that are essential to some of us in our daily lives, like cheese. Until recently, it was believed that eating goat cheese raises cholesterol; however, recent studies have shown that this is not the case.
At Enrique Tomás, we're going to explain this in detail for you!
Cheese Doesn't Affect Cholesterol
According to a study conducted by the Spanish Federation of Nutrition, Food, and Dietetics (FESNAD), coordinated by Dr. Emilio Ros, a member of the Endocrinology and Nutrition department at the Clínic Hospital in Barcelona, consuming cheese helps reduce blood pressure and does not affect cholesterol levels as previously believed.
The reason for this change is that experts have demonstrated that high-fat fermented dairy products are not harmful. Research shows that "regarding dairy products, there is clear evidence that the saturated fat they contain is neutral or even slightly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes." According to La Vanguardia, Dr. Ros added, "moderation and variety are the basis of nutrition."
So, in short, what's good is twice as good!
So, Does Goat Cheese Have Cholesterol?
No, as we have seen in the mentioned study, the consumption of cheese is not harmful to cholesterol, regardless of the type. However, some are more beneficial for health than others, and this is the case with goat cheeses.
Their properties include:
- Low in fat, calories, and cholesterol: they have fewer calories and saturated fats than cow's milk cheeses, making them more suitable for low-fat and low-cholesterol diets.
- Easier for our body to digest: goat's milk has less lactose and fat particles than cow's milk, making these types of cheeses ideal for children and people with gastrointestinal problems or intolerances.
- Loaded with nutrients: they contain vitamins A, D, K, potassium, iron, and phosphorus, among others, and have low sodium content. All of these factors make them more recommendable than cheeses made from cow's milk, and they are even advisable for combating anemia or some respiratory problems.
Contain high levels of probiotics and fewer hormones: they help improve intestinal flora and the immune system. They also enhance calcium absorption and synthesize vitamin B. The hormone and additive levels in these cheeses are lower than those found in cheeses made from cow's milk.
Therefore, you don't have to give up goat cheese because it's not only not bad for cholesterol but also beneficial for our bodies.
In 2016, Oveja Grazalemeña Emborrado cheese received the title of the third-best cheese in Spain and fourth in the world at the World Cheese Awards held in San Sebastián. This cheese was the first in the TOP 5 in 2016 made from goat's milk, and now that you know this, you can enjoy it or others like semi-cured goat cheese, semi-cured cheese made from goat, sheep, and cow's milk, or Swiss cheese Tetê de Moine.
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All three of these are available in our online store, so if you want to buy them, you can do so at Enrique Tomás!