Eating cheese in moderation
No one can deny that cheeses are good, satisfying and are an ideal complement to our recipes. For example, what would pasta be without grated cheese? Or quiches without cheese au gratin?
This milk derivative is a good source of calcium as well as proteins and amino acids – among others tryptophan. That’s why it’s recommended at any age. However, since nothing is perfect in life, it also brings calories and sodium. For this reason, we must consume it in moderation.
Cheeses are good for their health. Obviously the healthiest are the most natural and the least processed. And in many cases that contain more or less salt, according to the manufacturer, more than the type of cheese.
If, for example, you are on a diet to lose weight, you must remember that the fees contain less fat and less salt than the ripened cheeses. In addition, in stores you can even find without sodium or lightened in calories .
On the other hand, cheeses made from sheep’s or goat’s milk are generally healthier than those made from cow’s milk. Here’s the reason: our digestive system can better assimilate nutrients. In addition, they contain more nutrients and vitamins.
Also, we must not forget that the majority of cheeses made from cow’s milk were hormone-treated and artificially fed (with cereals and not grass).
That is why the healthiest types of cheese are always those that come from a cottage industry or a biological dairy.
What are the healthiest types of cheese?
Often, when we are on a diet we make it our main enemies because of their caloric or sodium content. However, there are healthier cheeses than others. It is therefore interesting to know them to add (in small quantities) to our daily diet. We recommend the following:
Ricotta contains a lot of protein, vitamins A and B and zinc . In addition, it contains few calories and sodium and can be reduced in fat. Ricotta is obtained after the second treatment of whey. It is white in color, has a grainy texture and a mild flavor. It can be used in both salty and sweet preparations. In Italy it is one of the most used for stuffing pasta.
2. Pecorino Romano
This is one of the other types of healthiest cheeses. It is produced from sheep’s milk. It is hard, salty and sourced from Lacio (Italy). It is often used in sauces and on gratins, but also for stuffing pasta because it is the saltiest of pecorinos (Tuscan and Sardinian).
It is prepared from curdled cow’s milk and can contain more or less fat depending on the production. Available in several flavors: creamy, beaten, sodium free or lactose free, it contains a lot of protein and other nutrients, such as: calcium, selenium and phosphorus One cup of cottage is equivalent to 28 grams of protein. It is very interesting if you are looking to lose weight.
Another healthy cheese that comes from Italy, specifically from Parma (hence its name). Hard and granular in consistency, it is made from frizona or reggiana cow’s milk. The ripening time should not be less than one year. The best are those that have been refined for 3 years.
Although it is thought to be used only in pasta or soups, Parmesan may be used as an entree or dessert cut into cubes and accompanied by cold meats or fruit. In his country of origin, he is recommended for pregnant women, the elderly, children and sportsmen. Finally, it is important to note that it is much better digested than any other cheese.
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5. Old Cheddar
Being lactose intolerant can be a problem and an inconvenience, because nowadays many dishes are made from dairy products – including cheeses of all kinds. The good news is that old cheddar is one of the healthiest cheeses and does not contain a lot of lactose. You can seek the advice of a professional to find out if you can eat or try to eat.
Most of it is produced from goat’s milk and sheep’s milk. The salty flavor of this cheese is unique . It has a creamy texture that can be crumbled. If you want to eat real feta you have to choose products made in Greece. There are also Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian and Danish versions of very good quality. It is used in salads combined with olive oil, tomatoes and cucumber. The feta is perfect for the summer.
This fresh, white and sweet product made from pasteurized cow’s milk is one of the healthiest cheeses that exist It is often used as an aperitif cut into small pieces, and it has the distinction of absorbing other flavors such as garlic.It contains a lot of protein and for it to be healthy we must choose a version containing little sodium and fat.