Keep in mind that these tips are from my own experience. I’m not a party organizer, nor am I a sommelier or a turophile (a cheese connoisseur). I just love cheese, wine and spending time with my friends.
This unique cheese may also have some health benefits due to its dairy content and the ripening process it undergoes.
Brie is a high-fat, nutrient-rich cheese. It contains protein, along with calcium, as well as several vitamins and minerals. It offers about 100 calories per 1 ounce (28 grams). In addition to its numerous vitamins and minerals, this cheese is a good source of both riboflavin and vitamin B12, which play key roles in energy production and metabolism. Brie is also a good source of protein, with 1 ounce (28 grams) offering a little less protein than a medium egg.
Its calcium is important for healthy bone growth while its vitamin A promotes healthy skin and vision.
Most of the fat in Brie is saturated fat from cow’s milk. Although this fat has historically been linked to heart disease, emerging research shows that it isn’t as harmful as previously thought. The full-fat dairy is associated with healthier body weight and does not appear to increase your risk of heart disease.
Fat and protein are associated with increased feelings of fullness, if eaten in moderation, Brie may promote feelings of fullness and aid appetite control, which can promote weight loss.
As a result of the ripening process, Brie also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a highly anti-inflammatory compound that may exert anticancer effects. In fact, in one test-tube study, Brie and other ripened cheeses slowed the growth of leukemia cells. Nonetheless, human research is needed.
Does Brie have any side effects?
Soft cheeses like Brie contain a small amount of lactose, a natural milk sugar.
Interestingly, up to two-thirds of the global population is lactose intolerant and should limit their dairy intake. However, cheeses are generally well tolerated, as much of their lactose content is removed or converted during the cheese-making process.
People with a milk protein allergy shouldn’t eat this cheese.
In other words, you can enjoy limited amounts of Brie if you are lactose intolerant, but not if you are allergic to milk protein.
Otherwise, including moderate amounts of Brie in your diet shouldn’t have significant side effects.
The recommended serving size of Brie is 1 ounce (28 grams), which is about the size of your thumb. Eating excessive amounts may cause bloating or constipation — and lead to high-calorie intake.
Additionally, 1 ounce (28 grams) of Brie contains 6% of the DV for sodium, which adds up quickly if you pair it with salty crackers or nuts. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure in salt-sensitive individuals.
Finally, pregnant women should avoid unpasteurized Brie, which is made with milk that does not undergo a heating process to remove bacteria. It may harbour harmful bacteria that cause listeriosis, which can be fatal. Otherwise, moderate intake does not have any side effects.
Brie is a classic cheese with a rich texture and history to match! It’s sure to add an indulgent and sophisticated touch to any meal, cheese board or snack without being too overpowering. Once you know how to eat Brie, there are endless options for using its creamy, desirable flavour. Go ahead and try Brie in new ways and be sure to share your creations with us by tagging @fast2eatca on Instagram.
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