Salad…with goat cheese

 

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Sorry to gear this toward carnivores, but I’m talking about goat cheese in this post!  Don’t tune out though, because a dairy-loving friend could benefit from this!

Did you know that goat milk is largely consumed in the rest of the world?  That’s strange for us here in the U.S., but it’s a reality elsewhere!  It’s a great alternative to cow’s milk if you have issues with dairy.

I don’t care for goat milk, but I LOVE goat cheese!  It has a pungent flavor which actually compliments salads.   Sometimes I’ll take a goat cheese log, drizzle honey over it, sprinkle it with sesame seeds, and voila – it’s a “dip” for veggies or gluten-free crackers.  My kids actually love this.

Here’s what my salad looked like tonight … spinach, baby greens, radicchio, onions, tomatoes, walnuts, blueberries, and chunks of goat cheese.  It was awesome!

If you’re wondering if there really are benefits to goat milk, well yes, there are!  Let me count thy ways!

  1. Goat milk is much lower in milk sugars (lactose) than cow’s milk.  Many people who say they are lactose intolerant actually don’t have trouble digesting goat milk.  The fat globules in goat milk are smaller than in cow’s milk, making it more easily digestible.
  2. Goat milk only contains A2 casein, which makes it the closest in regards to protein to human breast milk.  It also has no inflammatory effects.  Most people with an intolerance to cow’s milk are simply allergic to a protein it contains, A1 casein.  This allergy makes them unable to digest it.  Cow’s milk actually contains more than 20 different allergens which cause allergic reactions.  And since this protein can be highly inflammatory for people, it can contribute to gastrointestinal health issues.  Don’t underestimate the dangers of inflammation on the body!
  3. Goat milk has a better bioavailability of minerals and nutrients, meaning the nutrients are more easily digested and used by the body.
  4. Goat milk is high in calcium (win) but low in cholesterol (win)!  There’s actually about 28 percent daily recommended value of calcium in cow’s milk, but about 33 percent goat milk!

Go ahead, enjoy that cheese!

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