Cheese Is Great for Your Health

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cheeseCheese is made and eaten in nearly every country in the world. Most is made from cow's milk, but goat and sheep cheeses are also widely available. Soya beans are used to produce a milk-free option. Alternative cheeses made with non-animal rennet are available for vegetarians.

 


Nutritional content

Cheese retains most of the protein, fat, vitamin A and calcium from the milk used to make it. Full-fat milk cheese has a high-fat content and no carbohydrate. Fibre is only present if seeds or nuts are added.

A hard cheese like Edam has a slightly lower fat content. Lower fat Cheddar-type cheeses are also made. However, salt is an important added ingredient to hard cheeses. Softer cheeses like Brie are lower in fat and soft, unripened cottage cheese or fromage frais may be very low-fat, whereas cream cheese can be very high-fat. Soft cheeses are also lower in salt than hard. However, pregnant women and the elderly are advised to avoid all unpasteurized soft cheeses.

Alternative cheeses

Alternative cheeses made with non-animal rennet are available for vegetarians. People who are sensitive to cow's milk can enjoy cheeses made from the milk of other animals, such as goats and sheep.

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