There are different types of Brie cheese, including Blue Brie, which is made from goat’s milk. Brie de Meaux is the true French Brie and once you’ve had a taste of this Queen of Cheeses, you won’t want any other kind of creamy cheese. However, if you are thinking about your health and on a diet to lose weight, this is perhaps one of the foods to avoid, as it contains saturated fat and will increase cholesterol levels. You may also be lactose intolerant, so Blue Brie may be your best option, as blue cheese veins are a penicillin-related bacterium, Penecillium roqueforti. This is really good for the digestive system, as it fights harmful bacteria in the gut.
Brie is a good source of calcium, good for healthy bones and teeth, but is high in sodium, at 178.6 mg per ounce; the recommended daily intake for sodium is 1,500 mg, and most Americans get twice this amount in their daily diets. Sodium can raise your blood pressure, so you need to be careful about how much you eat. Brie goat milk contains less sodium and higher levels of calcium and vitamin D than cow’s milk, in addition to having lower levels of fat and cholesterol. All goat’s milk cheeses are healthier than those made from cow’s milk.
One ounce of creamy, ripe Brie cheese contains 94.9 calories and 7.9 grams of fat, with 5.9 grams of protein per ounce. It contains vitamin B 12, which is good for the nerves and red blood cells, as well as protecting against muscle weakness, incontinence, dementia, and mood swings. It also contains B2 (riboflavin) which has antioxidant properties like the selenium also contained in this cheese. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals that can turn healthy cells into cancer. However, these antioxidants are present in foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and fruit.
Personally, I only like true French Brie and prefer a good Camembert or any goat cheese, but if I buy Brie it has to be ripe and ready to slip off the knife, so if you love this one, buy an underripe one. , do not keep it in the fridge, but store it in a cool place for a couple of days to ripen and be perfect to consume.
Brie cheese made from cow’s milk isn’t particularly good for your health, but who could resist a little bit from time to time? It’s one of those foods that, to coin the phrase used to advertise cream cakes in the UK, is ‘naughty but nice’.