7 things you did not know about Feta

Feta cheese is widely recognised as one of the tastiest cheeses worldwide. It is also commonly called “the Greek cheese”, in reference to its’ Greek heritage, and the love Greeks have for it. The taste of this cheese is salty and tangy, and its flavor is potent in most dishes.

Feta ‘Feta’ is derived from the Greek word for “slice” and is characterized by few to no holes, a tangy taste, and no skin. It is a soft brined cheese made either from pure sheep’s milk, or a combination of sheep’s and goat’s milk (and no more than 30 percent goat’s milk) which can really be used on most dishes from salads to pasta.

As the primary ingredient of a Mediterranean diet, feta has a number of health benefits and can have a positive impact on your overall diet and nourishment. Feta cheese is packed with nutrients and considered the healthiest cheese option in the world, so let’s have a look at some interesting facts about Feta, you may not have known!

  • Fact 1: Feta is low in calories and fat

A typical one-ounce serving contains 69 calories and only 5.9 grams of fat, of which 4.23 grams are saturated, while Cheddar has 9 gms of fat in a similar serving size. Additionally, it contains more calcium and B vitamins than other cheeses like mozzarella, ricotta, cottage cheese or goat cheese

  • Fact 2: Feta is a great probiotic
Feta could do wonders for your gut health. Feta 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.
  • Fact 3: Good source of Vitamins

Feta can also be very good for your diet, especially if you are looking to load up on vitamins from other sources than fruits, as it is rich in Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and Phosphorous. It also has 0.6 micrograms of vitamin B12. Another protein found in feta cheese nutrition is called histidine which combined with vitamin B6, undergoes a molecular process to become histamine, a compound that provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

  • Fact 4: Anti-cancer properties

Feta cheese is quite popular for its cancer protective effects. Since it is a wonderful source of calcium, it allows you to take benefits suggesting that calcium helps to protect your body against several types of cancer. Apart from feta, Alpha lactalbumin a powerful protein can also be found in feta cheese which may have antitumor and antibacterial properties.

  • Fact 5: Helps prevent migraines

A good source of riboflavin and Vitamin B2, feta is used as a natural remedy for headaches and migraines too. Diets rich in vitamin B2 help reduce migraines and other forms of chronic headache, so it just makes good sense to say cheese.

  • Fact 6: Treats Anaemia

Associated with low levels of iron and folic acid, anaemia can be helped with certain foods like Feta.

Here at The Greek Deli, we stock and supply our own variety of Feta cheese, imported by artisan producer Christakis Dairy in Edessa, North Greece.  A multi award winner, The Greek Deli Feta Cheese (PDO) is smooth, crumbly, and moist without being too salty. Try it out here, for a delicious add on to your salads or meals or simply order the larger version (900g), and store it in the fridge to use as and when you desire.

The Greek Deli is happy to have been able to distribute our goods and unique Greek products throughout the pandemic, ensuring our customers do not run out of stock. We have also maximized our efforts so our deliveries are swift and provided in a safe and hygienic manner. For more information on what our company is doing to ensure the quality of your products and follow Government guidelines, feel free to email us at [email protected]!

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