Raw Cheese- the best kind?

Can you say Cheese! I sure can. And speaking of cheese, Have You ever wondered what kind of cheese was healthier ? Is it fresh cheese? Or The ones low in saturated fat or sodium? Not if you ask me! And on that note, what About milk and and yogurt? Are they healthier than cheese? Honestly, it depends on your genetics. Some people can drink milk without any real issues. But for the rest of us, milk products present a great deal of issues. On that note, quite a few of us wonder if we might be better off avoiding milk protein entirely and sticking to cream, ghee and butter- saving us the trouble of potential reactions. My issue with this is that many of the benefits of dairy simply can’t be found in the cream.

I’m sure I’m not alone in having declared at some point that I have a dairy allergy. I tried so many kinds of cheese, only for them to make me sick. And me being me, decided to look into it. I started reading about raw milk, and the dangers of modern farming practices. I was particularly bemused to discover that calves get sick when you feed them pasteurised milk. So Maybe it’s the lame products, not us being defective?

So I decided to go ahead and try raw cheese. A friend suggested I try Grana Panino, so I did! It was surprisingly tasty. Not like Brie level good, but interesting. Now, I’m not sure if fresh raw cheese is any good, but I can honestly say unpasteurised, hard Cheese from Europe is really good. Is It expensive? You bet!

Raw Cheese!

But a little cheese goes a long way, and a small piece (30 grams is usually enough.) 8 servings…

Sheep’s cheese! Baaa!

But what if you can’t find raw cheese? Well, goat cheese and sheep’s cheese are also good options. Here are a few names to look out for:

  • Percino Romano (Sheep)
  • Grana Pandino (Raw)
  • Parmeggio Reganio (Raw)
  • Manchego (Sheep)
  • Le Guyre (Raw)

Otherwise, I’d try and stick to Aged, Hard cheeses if you can. Things like Parmesan, Cheddar, Edam, Gouda or Brie.

But not too old! Anything longer than a year old is going to be a bit odd. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bit of Brie. And pasteurised cheese isn’t always bad. But prior to the 18th century, All cheese was raw cheese. And if you’re like me and don’t tolerate dairy well, then it’s just the logical choice. So what are you waiting for? Go give it a try.

Be Well.

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