Feta in Greece is almost like a “staple” food considering it is practically on our table on a daily basis. Having consumed feta since we were kids, it is difficult to simply focus on a few reasons of why feta is good for you but we will attempt to stop at 5 (five) for “blogging” purposes and to make sure we leave some mystery there for your next order.
As is well known. Greeks know their cheese. Several statistics and research place the Greeks as the highest consumers of cheese in the world with French coming in second. It is said that the average Greek consumes about 50-65 pounds (23-30 kg) of cheese a year and the majority of that tends to be feta.
Because this cheese is a brined-curd form of white cheese, it is rich in various probiotics and other essential , so it is generally considered healthy when consumed in moderation. While some feta cheeses are made from goat or sheep’s milk, if you can find varieties, there will be an even richer collection of nutrients. This variety of cheese does have significant amounts of sodium and fat but is still considered one of the healthiest options.
Feta cheese is a brined curd cheese made from Sheep’s milk. Originally hailing from Greece, Feta is Greek means “slice”, Feta is packaged and sold in blocks. The crumbly bright coloured cheese is also made with a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk. Origins of Feta could be traced back to 8th Century B.C Greece. Homer’s Odyssey, in the section of Polyphemus’s cave, speaks in length about churning cheese out of goats milk. Making cheese out of goat’s milk was a popular tradition in Greek villages, locals would employ various techniques and technologies to do so.
So let’s have a look at 5 good reasons you should order your next feta from the Greek Deli.
- Digestion: Feta is much easier to digest and is much less allergenic and anti-inflammatory, hence good for people who are slightly allergic to dairy.
- Vitamins: Feta can also be considered a valuable addition to your diet if you are seeking to increase your intake of vitamins from other sources than fruits as it is rich in Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and Phosphorous.
- Low fat and High in protein: Feta could also be a valuable addition to your diet if you are looking to load up on vitamins from other sources than fruits. It also contains numerous probiotics such as Lactobacillus casei, L. paracasei, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, L. coryneformis, Lactobacillus curvatus, L. brevis, and the likes which are good for overall health too.
- Bone Density: You probably already know that calcium is good for your bones. It increases peak bone mass, especially in children and teens into those in their 20s. The greater your peak bone mass, the less risk you are at for osteoporosis and other conditions involving the loss of bone mass. High-calcium foods like feta can help strengthen your bones and core.
- Eye Disease: As a great source of riboflavin, this cheese is able to stimulate eye health and lower your risk for and mascular degeneration.
- Taste & Quality: The taste and quality of original Greek feta is just unparalleled to any other cheese in the world. Its rich texture and delicious taste will make you a fan and quickly prompt you to always have at the side of the table.
There are truly many many other benefits of feta we could add here such as it also being an excellent probiotic and good for your immune system overall.
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