Cheese is a milk-product which is obtained through the coagulation of the milk. During this process, we obtain whey and curd. Cheese is a foodstuff of a high nutritious and gastronomic value, easy to include in the daily diet. Its energetic value will depend, mainly, on its fat content; which will depend, as well, on the kind of milk used to produce the cheese (whole milk, semi-skimmed milk or skimmed milk), and on the whey content. According to the elaboration process, cheeses may be: fresh, refined, ripened or fermented, processed and grated. According to its fat content, it may be double-fatty, extra-fatty, fatty, semi-fat and lean. Cheese has a great nutritive value and its high biological value protein has a good digestibility.
Another cheese benefit is that its high-calcium and vitamin D content make it the great ally in the prevention and in the diet treatment of osteoporosis. Moreover, it may help to prevent tooth decay. Its high-sodium content makes it recommendable neither for people with hypertension nor for those people with high cholesterol or with cardiovascular diseases due to its highly saturated fat.
Besides its consumption as it is, the cheese versatility for cooking makes it an essential ingredient for many kinds of preparations. When it is cooked, it develops an even more intense taste and helps to provide creaminess and texture to the dish. It can also be served with any kind of Sweet Olive Oil Torta Vegajardin.