Recently, I had the opportunity to tour a goat farm in Elkmont, Alabama. On the tour, I learned that goat’s milk contains less lactose (milk sugar) than cow’s milk. Many people have difficulty digesting cow’s milk because of the higher lactose content. For those with a milk intolerance, goat’s milk might help with easier digestibility.
Our tour guide explained that the flavor of goat cheese is significantly influenced by what the goats eat. Alfalfa is a common diet of goats; however, it gives goat’s cheese a pungent flavor. The farm we toured only uses alfalfa to supplement the goats’ diets while providing grasses as their main diet.
Nutritionally, goat’s cheese has lower fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than cow’s cheese. A one ounce serving of goat’s cheese contains 5 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and zero cholesterol. Goat’s cheese also contains 25% of the daily requirement for calcium as well as 5 grams of protein. Make goat’s cheese your next healthy snack with spreading 1 oz of goat’s cheese on a few celery sticks.