Feta Cheese is one of the most famous forms of Greek Cheeses. It is nutty in flavour with soft and firm texture. It’s unique nutritional profile make it worthy of the title ‘WORLD’S HEALTHIEST CHEESE’.
Feta is a brined curd made in Greece from sheep’s milk, sometimes with both sheep’s and goat’s milk. The legal limit of goat’s milk is 30%.
Feta Cheese Nutrition Facts
Feta Cheese is the best sources of good fats, highly recommended by fitness experts across the world due to the health benefits it consists of
Nutritional Value Per 100 grams
- Protein 14.21 g
- Calcium 493 mg
- Iron 0.65 mg
- Magnesium 19 mg’
- Phosphorous 337 mg
- Potassium 65 mg
- Sodium 917 mg
- Zinc 2.88 mg
- Thiamine 0.154 mg
- Riboflavin 0.844 mg
- Niacin 0.991 mg
- Vitamin A 422 IU
- Vitamin B6 0.424 mg
- Vitamin B12 1.69 mcg
- Vitamin D 16 IU
- Vitamin E 0.18 mg
- Folate 32 mcg
- Fat 21 g
- Cholesterol 89 mg
Reference United States Department of Agriculture
How Is Feta Cheese Made?
Usually, the milk used to make feta cheese is pasteurised, but raw milk can also be used.
To the milk, lactic acid starter cultures are added to separate the whey. Then rennet is added to set the casein (milk protein).
The curd is separated by draining the whey. Then keep the curd in moulds. After 24 hours the curd becomes firm and you can cut them into cubes. Keep in a metal container for 3 days. Now place them in a brine solution and refrigerate for 2 months.
Brine is a highly concentrated solution of salt i.e., sodium chloride. It is a natural preservative, stops bacteria from growing inside cheese, improves texture, enhances taste and controls moisture.
Benefits Of Feta Cheese
Helps You Maintain A Healthy Gut
Feta cheese contains helpful probiotics, that can benefit your gut. It contains 48% of Lactobacillus Plantarum bacteria. This bacteria protects intestinal tract from disease-causing bacteria like E.coli and salmonella. They promote immune system and anti-inflammatory effect.
They protect from many digestive problems especially in people who are exposed to antibiotics and other harmful chemicals.
“Never buy Feta that is made from Cow’s milk”
It Can Support Bone Health
We already knew that calcium is essential for bone health. Calcium increases peak bone mass, makes you lesser risk for osteoporosis. It also helps your blood clot properly.
Most of the calcium in your body is stored in your bones. So you need to supply calcium every day according to the body requirement as your body cannot produce calcium by itself, you need to give it through diet.
Feta cheese is rich in calcium, protein and phosphorous which have been proven to promote bone health. Milk from goat or sheep posses more calcium than cow’s milk. Hence adding this healthy cheese can help you to achieve recommended intake of calcium.
Protects Against Cancer
Calcium when combines with vitamin D protects the body against various types of cancer. And magnesium is very important for calcium absorption in the body. Feta is a rich source of calcium, a good source of vitamin D and magnesium.
This Greek cheese contains a protein alpha-lactalbumin, when it binds to calcium and zinc will have the antitumour effect.
Natural Treatment Of Anemia
When your blood does not have enough red blood cells it leads to anaemia. This causes reduced oxygen flow to the body. Due to this, you feel shortness of breath, dizziness and headache.
Anaemia can be naturally treated with foods that are rich in folic acid and iron. Feta provides a well-balanced diet to prevent anaemia.
Prevents Migraines and Other Headaches
A diet rich in riboflavin is a natural remedy for most of the headaches including migraines. Feta contains riboflavin, helps to maintain healthy blood cells, promotes healthy metabolism and boosts energy levels.
Make sure not to overload feta intake as too much of anything is harmful. The sodium present in cheese may trigger your blood cholesterol levels when taken in excess.
If you experience sweating and swelling after consuming Greek cheese stop consuming and consult a doctor.