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Goat Cheese: The facts you need to know about Chèvre

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Goat cheese, also called chevre, is a creamy and delicious indulgent that’s not as bad as you think.

In addition to being higher in protein than cow cheese, it also has smaller fat molecules making it easier for our bodies to digest.

But probably it’s most positive attribute is that it’s lower in fat and calories than other traditional cheese.

A 1-oz. serving of chevre contains 70 calories, 45 of which are from fat while a serving of cheddar cheese contains 110 calories and 80 from fat.

If you replace cheddar cheese with chevre for each day for a week, you will cut nearly 300 calories from your diet.

Another advantage is that it’s higher in vitamins D, K, thiamine, and niacin than a serving of cow’s cheese.

Chevre also has lower levels (89% less) of Alpha s1 Casein, a milk protein that makes allergies flare up.

Does goat cheese have lactose?

Yes, goat cheese still has significant amounts of lactose. However, it does have slightly less lactose than cow cheese due to the fermentation process.

Many lactose-intolerant people don’t have a problem digesting goat cheese.

But it really depends on the person so it’s it’s best to consult with your doctor.

Is goat cheese dairy?

Yes, goat cheese is considered a dairy product.

If you are cutting out dairy in an effort to follow the vegan diet (a diet free of animal products), then goat cheese is a no-go.

However, most people who describe themselves as vegetarian will refuse to eat any animal that was killed to be eaten.

On that basis, goat cheese is acceptable.

Is goat cheese paleo?

No, as mentioned above it still falls under the dairy category.

This means you should not eat goat cheese if you are on a paleo diet.

No dairy full-stop.

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With the exception of clarified butter or ghee, you must abstain from all dairy products and that includes cheese (hard or soft), cream, kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream.

Is goat cheese healthy?

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Healthy toast with goats cheese, avocado, arugula and sun dried tomatoes. Photo: Shutterstock

Yes, Goat cheese is good for you but only when eaten in moderation!

One of the main benefits of goat cheese is that it contains moderate levels of probiotics.

Probiotics, the good bacteria that aid gastrointestinal health in the human body, protect us against a wide range of health issues, including obesity, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

In moderation, goats cheese can even fit into a weight-loss diet.

It’s also a convenient alternative for people who are trying to avoid or cut down on gluten.

In the U.S. goat cheese is made with 100% gluten-free ingredients.

However, that’s not the case in Europe where it may contain rennet, which is sometimes made from glutenous ingredients.

Goat cheese side effects

Will all these amazing advantages, I’ll bet you want to rush out to the store to grab some now.

But hold up. Here’s what you need to know first.

Not only do you have to be careful about how much you eat, you also need to watch what type you buy.

Why? Because it’s still high in saturated fat which means too much is no good!

Also, some products go through some of the same chemical, antibiotic treatment as certain dairy types.

Luckily, there’s a really easy way to avoid all these problematic food additives: just buy organic.

Remember to read labels on food packages and shop as wholesome and organic as possible.

The more whole, natural foods you eat, the better off you will be.