Raw or “raw” cheese is the kind that comes unpasteurized and has not been processed by any method. There are different names for it depending on the region: brie, which is French, comes from the Latin word bicornis, while caraway comes from a Greek word meaning “wild caraway.” Raw cheeses are made without added fats, sugar or salt, and lack the lactose (lactose) which is usually present in cheeses. Raw cheese contains the highest levels of valuable micro-nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and Vitamin A.
Why To Consume Raw Cheese?
Benefits of raw cheese range from its nutritional value to its appearance. In addition to its nutritional value, some kinds of cheese, especially those made with organic or grass-fed cows, are also very attractive to the eye. It is for this reason that cheese manufacturers have started to include this type of cheese in their products. Aged cheeses are particularly attractive in this respect. This means that the aged cheese with a distinctive flavor or texture is something that cheese makers find appealing.
Popular Varieties Of Raw Cheese
The most popular variety of raw cheese is blue cheese. It is produced from milk that contains one percent or less of lactose. Blue cheese has a high fat content, although it is mostly unsaturated. Most importantly, though, is the health benefits of blue cheese; because it contains no lactose, it is an excellent source of calcium, particularly in children. And because it contains no sugars, it is a healthy alternative to soft drinks and energy drinks.
Raw goat cheese is another delicious alternative to soft cheese. Goat cheese is made from the milk of youngiltonia or heath goats, which are reared solely for their milk. Many raw goat cheeses are high in calcium and contain nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. One added advantage of this type of cheese is that it can be used in making breads as well as cheese sauces and spreads. If you love a good tangy tomato and onion dip, then goat cheese would be a great option to go with.
For those who are lactose intolerant, there is an excellent alternative to cow’s milk cheeses and that is raw goat cheese, which is made with 100 percent raw milk from grass fed cows. It is the natural benefits of raw milk in this cheese that have led many to switch over to it. However, some people do not like the taste, especially those who are lactose intolerant. In this case, it is best to choose grass fed dairy cows over the traditional cow’s milk cheese.
Benefits Of Raw Cheese
Another example of the numerous benefits of raw milk cheese is the Alaskan King Crab. This delicacy is often served at hockey games and picnics. This delicacy starts out as a simple flour crust with an inside coating of cream cheese and bread crumbs. Once it is chilled and cooked, this cheese becomes a delectable treat that is enjoyed by many.
The American Academy of Nutrition suggests eating three ounces of cheese each day, including one ounce of each variety of cheese listed above. The American College of Nutrition suggests eating one ounce of cottage cheese per day with any other fruit and/or vegetables that are high in calcium. Other health benefits of raw cheeses include those that have high levels of vitamin A and D, protein, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, protein, beta carotene, flavonoids, and pipelines.
In addition to the health benefits of cheese, the New York Times and Prevention Magazine have listed blue zones around certain types of cheese for those who have certain health issues or those who need to be more sensitive to cheese. The New York Times lists cheeses that are known to create these blue zones in moderation such as Stilton, Gouda and Swiss, as well as those that should be avoided, such as Gouda, Camembert and Roquefort. For those who need to be more sensitive to milk, the American College of Nutrition lists Roquefort, Swiss and Gouda as those that should be avoided and those that create the blue zones. It is also advised that raw milk cheeses are served at room temperature, rather than refrigerated.