Goat Cheese vs. Parmesan

There are so many different types of cheese to choose from at the grocery store, it can be hard to know which one is the best for you.

Today we are going to compare goat cheese and Parmesan – two popular cheeses that are often used in recipes.

Both of these cheeses have unique flavors and textures that set them apart from other types of cheese, but which one is healthier?

Let’s take a closer look.

Is Parmesan a Goat Cheese?

The answer to this question is no – Parmesan is a type of cheese that is made from cow’s milk. Goat cheese, on the other hand, is a categorically different type of cheese that is made from goat’s milk.

There are many types of goat cheese, some of the popular examples are Humboldt Fog, Crottin de Chavignol, Cayuga Blue, Le Chevrot, Valencay, Pélardon, Picodon, Sainte-Maure de Touraine.

Many of them are from French.

Some other cheeses that are often made in combinations with goat milk are feta, manchego, gouda, Kunik, and brie.

If you are looking for parmesan-like goat cheese, try Caprino. Go for an aged Formaggio Caprino like this one. However, it may not easy to find and can be quite expensive (~$38 per pound).

The Different Characteristics

Parmesan has a hard texture and is granular, while goat cheese can range from soft to semi-hard. Goat cheese usually has a soft and crumbly texture. It’s also higher in acidity than parmesan, making it difficult to melt.

The taste of Parmesan is sharp and salty, while goat cheese is often described as tangy, tart, and acidic. While parmesan usually has a pleasant creamy smell, the goat cheese smells funky and more pronounced – especially the washed-rind variety.

Some other younger goat cheese may smell milder and grassier.

So if you are looking for a cheese that has a similar flavor to Parmesan, goat cheese may not be the best choice. However, that doesn’t mean that goat cheese isn’t delicious – it has a unique flavor all its own that many people love.

Can I Replace Parmesan With Goat Cheese?

Yes, you can replace Parmesan with goat cheese in some recipes. Use the aged goat cheese such as the Garrotxa or Formaggio Caprino for a similar firm texture.

Also, the flavor will be somewhat different, but it will likely still be delicious!

So, Which One Is Healthier?

When it comes to the health benefits of these two cheeses, they are both fairly similar. By comparing the USDA nutrition of regular grated parmesan cheese to soft goat cheese by the brands 365 Whole Foods Market, we can see some interesting data.

  • They provide similar calories, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and calcium content.
  • Parmesan has a significantly higher sodium content than goat cheese.
  • Parmesan has a slightly higher protein content than goat cheese.
  • Goat cheese provides higher Vitamin A than Parmesan.

It may vary from a different source of milk. Another reference:

Overall, both of these cheeses are healthy options and there is no clear winner.

From the other source comparing the micronutrients, it showed that goat cheese has more iron, niacin, omega-6 fatty acids, and riboflavin, while parmesan contains more pantothenic acid and Vitamin B12.

Therefore, when it comes to micronutrients, goat cheese may be the better option.

Reference:

  1. USDA FDC