Is feta cheese goat cheese?

In this brief blog, we will address the query, “Is feta cheese goat cheese?” We will look at the differences between goat cheese and feta cheese. We will also discuss some health benefits of feta cheese.

Is feta cheese goat cheese?

No, feta is not goat cheese. Feta is traditionally produced using 100 percent sheep’s milk but can sometimes also contain goats milk upto 30 percent. Goat cheese on the other hand is made primarily using goat’s milk and that’s the major difference between the two white cheeses.

What are the differences between feta and goat cheese?

Flavor Difference

Both  feta cheese and goat cheese are white cheeses and are both actually soft. However they have flavors that are different from one another. Most people usually experience a salty, sharp and tangy flavor in feta cheese and for goat cheese they experience a soft and sweet flavor.

Type of milk used

This is the main difference between feta cheese and goat cheese. Goat cheese is made entirely using goat milk, on the other hand, feta cheese is made entirely using sheep’s milk but can sometimes have a small percentage of goat’s milk.

If goat milk is used in the making of feta cheese, it  should not comprise more than 30 percent, otherwise the cheese cannot be classified as feta cheese.

Nutritional composition

The 2 cheese are made from different types of milk and therefore they also have different nutrient values as below:

Feta cheeseGoat cheese
Calories100137
Proteins5 grams9 grams
Carbohydrates2 grams< 1 gram
Fat8 grams 11 grams 
Saturated fat28 percent of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI)38 percent of the RDI
Sodium15 percent of the RDI7 percent of the RDI
Calcium14 percent of the RDI13 percent of the RDI

What are the health benefits of feta cheese?

It can help support bone health

Cheese is a key source of calcium and other nutrients such as phosphorus and protein which are essential for good bone health. 

Calcium and protein are both beneficial for the maintenance of bone density and also the prevention of osteoporosis. The mineral phosphorus is itself a key component of the bone.

A serving of feta provides twice the amount of calcium as phosphorus which is great for general bone health.

Additionally, milk derived from sheep and goats has more calcium and phosphorus than cow’s milk. Therefore consumption of cheeses such as feta can assist in meeting your Daily Value of Calcium.

It is good for the gut

Feta cheese also contains probiotics which are live and beneficial bacteria in the gut. Feta has been touted to contain good bacteria such as Lactobacillus plantarum. This bacteria can boost the immune and gut health by protecting the gut from harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli

Additionally, such probiotic bacteria can boost the production of various compounds that  can help inhibit 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It Contains Beneficial Fatty Acids

Feta cheese has been shown to contain a fatty acid known as Conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has been shown to aid in reduction of fat mass and boosting of lean body mass. CLA has also been linked with the ability to prevent diabetes and it has anticancer effects.

Cheese that has been produced with sheep’s milk has been touted to have an increased level of CLA as opposed to cheese that’s made with milk derived from goats and cows. Feta cheese is said to have CLA content of upto 1.9 percent which makes up for 0.8 percent of its fat content.

It can assist with weight management

Feta is known to contain a fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Numerous experimental studies have shown that CLA can aid in the reduction of body fat. It has also been shown that CLA can assist in improving the body composition in the long term.

It should however be noted that these studies have not been consistent and conclusive and thus further testing is required. Moreover, some studies have suggested that CLA can have negative effects on the metabolism of sugar and also the cholesterol levels.

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have addressed the query, “Is feta cheese goat cheese?” We have looked at the differences between goat cheese and feta cheese. We have also discussed some health benefits of feta cheese.

Citations

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/feta-cheese-good-or-bad#TOC_TITLE_HDR_8

https://gourmet.lovetoknow.com/Difference_Between_Feta_Cheese_and_Goat_Cheese

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