Is goat cheese really healthier than regular cheese? Facts and fables revealed

By: Henri Willig
05 jan 2024
± 3 minuten

There is an ongoing debate in the world of cheese lovers: is goat cheese healthier than traditional cheese made from cow's milk? Let us examine the nutritional value, health benefits and common misconceptions of these two types of cheese.

What we mean by plain cheese

Ordinary cheese is usually made from cow's milk and we call it cow's cheese. This is a ubiquitous dairy product, ranges from various soft cheeses to spicy cheeses and has a diverse flavour palette.

Facts: is goat cheese healthier than regular cheese

Cheese, in all its forms, is a popular part of many diets around the world. But how do goat cheese and regular cheese compare when it comes to nutritional value and health benefits? Let's check the science behind these cheeses and test some common assumptions against reality. Here are the facts:

  • Nutritional value: Goat cheese contains essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B and D, and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Compared to regular cheese, goat cheese typically has fewer calories and fats. This makes goat cheese a healthier option for those watching their calorie intake.
  • Digestibility: Thanks to its smaller fat molecules and lower lactose content, goat cheese is easier to digest than cheese made from cow's milk. This can be especially beneficial for people with lactose intolerance or a sensitive stomach.
  • Diabetes risk reduction: Recent research suggests that goat cheese may contribute to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, thanks to its favourable fatty acid composition and lower glycaemic index.
  • Environmental friendliness: Goat cheese production often has a smaller carbon footprint, which may make it a more sustainable choice.

Myths about goat cheese and regular cheese

Around cheese, especially when comparing different varieties and investigating whether goat cheese is healthy, there are many misunderstandings and myths. It is easy to get caught up in misinformation or exaggerated health claims. We would therefore like to debunk some common myths about goat cheese and regular cheese, to give you a clear and honest picture

  • Lactose-free: Although goat's cheese contains less lactose than regular cheese, it is not completely lactose-free. People with severe lactose intolerance should be careful with all dairy products.
  • Superior in nutrition: It is a misconception that goat cheese is superior to ordinary cheese in all respects. The nutritional value depends on many factors, including how the cheese is made and processed.

Applications in the kitchen

Goat cheese is incredibly versatile and can be used in a range of dishes, from salads to hot dishes. Its unique flavour adds an extra dimension to many recipes. Explore our recipes and get plenty of inspiration for your next healthy goat's cheese meal! Order cheese easily via our webshop.

Is goat's cheese healthy?

Goat cheese has several advantages over regular cheese, including better digestibility, lower calories, and potentially lower environmental impact. It is important to remember that no food can stand alone and a balanced diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

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Goat cheese salad with ham and grapes

4 pers
25 min

Toast the nuts in a dry hot frying pan. Divide the lettuce among four plates. Arrange the goat's cheese, ham on the bone and grapes on top. Mix the dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad. Sprinkle the dish with the toasted nuts. Delicious with nut bread or wholemeal bread. TIPS  Instead of Young goat's cheese, try Young sheep's cheese or Smoked cheese. Replace ham on the bone with crispy fried bacon or lean smoked bacon bits.

Open oven toast with ham and cheese

4 pers
10 min

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Top the bread slices with the slices of cooked ham and Henri Willig Cheese. Place them on a baking tray with baking paper and place them in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted nicely. Mix the lettuce generously with the Henri Willig Sweet Jalapeño and divide over the melted cheese. Serve the sandwiches on a nice wooden board. Tip: Serve a jar of Henri Willig Sweet Chili Mayonnaise with the sandwiches for a nice dip.