Goat Cheese vs Feta Cheese–the Difference

Looking at feta and goat cheese do you ever wonder what the difference is between the two? Some people mistakenly refer to feta as goat cheese but the two are not one in the same. One difference is that feta cheese has a higher content of sheep’s’ milk than goat’s milk. According to the regulations that surround the official name of feta thirty percent or less of the milk used to make feta cheese can come from goat’s milk. The rest of the content has to be from sheep’s’ milk. If it has less than seventy percent sheep’s milk, it cannot be called feta cheese, officially speaking. Goat’s cheese is made from one hundred percent goat’s milk and is a good alternative cheese to eat if you are allergic to cow’s milk. The milk content is one of the reasons that the two cheeses are different but there are also other reasons.

Where it is made

• Goat cheese—this cheese is most common in France and unlike feta cheese, it is aged only for a short period of time. Some goat cheese is ready to be eaten soon after it is formed and salted. The longer the cheese is aged the stronger the flavor. As the cheese ages the darker the outside rind becomes so if you want a lighter flavor choose the one that has the whitest rind.
• Feta cheese—it has a long history of being made in various Mediterranean countries. It is required in these countries that it be aged for at least three months. It is also checked to make sure the milk content is correct along with the time it was allowed to age so it can be accurately labeled feta cheese. The name comes from Greek and means a morsel or slice. It is also associated with various Greek dishes, like on Greek salads.
Differences in taste and appearance

Both cheeses are white in color but have different rind colors, especially goat cheese as it ages. On the cheese spectrum, they are on the “soft” side.

• Goat cheese—the taste that most people find is sweet and soft but remember as it ages the cheese will have different flavors. Some even say it is saltier tasting than feta cheese.
• Feta cheese—the dominant flavor of this cheese is having a salty taste because it is preserved in brine. Some even describe the flavor as tangy and sharp or even bitter.

Goat cheese nutritional value

This is for a one-ounce portion

• Calories—76
• Total fat—6 grams
• Saturated fat—4.1 grams
• Trans fat—0 grams
• Protein—22 grams
• Sodium—130milligrams
• Dietary fiber—0 grams
• Total carbohydrates—3 grams
• Sugars—3 grams
• Cholesterol—79 grams
• Calcium—40 milligrams
Feta cheese nutritional value
This is for a one-ounce portion

• Calories—75
• Total fat—6 grams
• Saturated fat—4.2 grams
• Trans fat—0 grams
• Cholesterol—89 milligrams
• Protein—14 grams
• sodium—260 milligrams
• Dietary fiber—0 grams
• Total carbohydrates—4 grams
• Sugars—4 grams
• Calcium—140 grams

Goat cheese interesting facts

• Price—a pound of regular goat cheese is approximately $7.50 but depends on where you purchase it. For specialty goat cheese it can cost as much as $30 a pound
• It can be eaten by people who are suffering from chronic kidneys because it is low in potassium
• Tastes a little like cream cheese but more firm
• Crumbles easy
• Delicate in texture
• As it ages it becomes chalky and harder

Feta cheese interesting facts

• Price—a pound of feta cheese costs about $5.99
• Contains “good bacteria” that makes antibiotics that helps kill the food poisoning bacteria called Listeria
• It has a chunky texture
• Although it ages for three months it does not get better with age but only goes bad

Facts about cheese in general

It is one of the main dietary sources of saturated fat. This is the fat that raises the levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol in your blood. This can increase your risk of having some form of heart disease. No more than ten percent of your daily calories should come from fat. If you are on a 2,000-calorie diet then your saturated fat should be no more than 20 grams a day. Both goat and feta cheese have approximately the same amount of saturated fat so either one would be good to eat as a snack with other healthy foods or on a healthy salad.

Cheese is also a top contributor of sodium in your diet. The maximum amount of sodium most people should have a day is 2,300 milligrams. An ounce of feta cheese provides you with approximately 14% of your daily calcium needs. Calcium is need for strong healthy bones.

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