Dairy products come to the market as pasteurised, overprocessed, packed with additives. The most beloved forms are cheese, cream, yoghurts and butter. These products, in no case, can be called healthy foods. Earlier, I wrote about the milk that sits on the throne of Keto dairy – the almighty goat milk. If you would like to enjoy all the benefits of goat milk products, you’ll have to forget the pasteurisation. Modern society is frightened by the very mention of bacteria. However, we know that bacteria can be good and bad, evil and extremely beneficial for our health? Especially when it comes to dairy products! But, as usual, we tend to get scared. Some of us with good reason because there have been many cases of poisoning with unpasteurised milk. On the other hand, with the goat milk, it occurred quite rarely because it contains natural preservatives.
Pasteurisation changes the structure of milk
- Many of the vitamins present in raw milk are destroyed: B6, B12, thiamine, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin D;
- Beta-lactoglobulin is a high-temperature sensitive protein, and it helps in the recovery of vitamin A;
- Destroy the enzyme phosphatase that helps in the recovery of calcium;
- The lipase enzyme for the degradation of fat is destroyed, as well as lactobacteria, so-called probiotics;
- Individual proteins change their structure and become less digestible;
- Lactose (dairy sugar) is converted to beta-lactose which is quicker in raising blood sugar;
- The Wulzen factor, so-called anti-stiffness factor, is only found in unpasteurised milk;
- A quarter of iodine from milk is destroyed;
- Some studies have reported a reduced amount of manganese, copper and iron after heat treatment of milk;
- Antibacterial properties of milk are destroyed;
So what can we do if we want unpasteurised products?
Go for unpasteurised but fermented goat and sheep milk products! This is the best you can do for your general health and improved nutrition. Anthotyros, also known as Anthotiro is a traditional Greek whey cheese prepared from unpasteurised goat and sheep milk. Regions of Macedonia, Thrace, Thessalia, Peloponissos, Ionian Islands, Aegean islands, Crete Island and Epirus have been producing this cheese for millennia. The name Anthotyros literally means “flower cheese”. It comes from the wafting aromas of wild herbs in this cheese.
By fermentation process, several strains of useful bacteria (Lactobacillus, Leuconostoc and Pediococcus) convert lactose into easily digestible nutrients. This creates lactic acid, enhances the absorption of calcium, iron and phosphorus. It breaks down the casein and helps remove pathogens. Enzymes like catalase, lysozyme, lactoperoxidase protect against bacterial infections. Lactoperoxidase is an enzyme that uses free radicals to destroy pathogens in milk. Lactoferrin is a substance that steals iron and transports it into the bloodstream.
Inspired by this, I created a recipe for the ultimate summer treat with unpasteurized goat whey cheese and a dash of antioxidants from wild berries! In addition, I added some ground almonds to turn this cheesecake into a full nutrient-dense meal!
World’s healthiest unpasteurised Cheesecake – Keto twist
Preparation time 10 minutes (30 minutes chilling)
- 600g unpasteurised fresh Goat or Sheep whey cheese (Antothyro)
- 100 ml goat yoghurt
- 50 ml mineral water
- 50g melted goat butter or ghee
- 1 tbsp ground vanilla
- 3 tbsp stevia
- 3 tbsp lemon zest
- 100ml lemon juice
- 20g wild raspberries
- 20g blueberries
- 100 g ground almonds
- 4-5 drops of organic natural food colouring (red)
- Place the Antothyro cheese in a deep mixing bowl and add goat yoghurt and melted butter
- Mix with an electric mixer and add water, stevia, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice
- Take out around 4 tablespoons of the mixture and place it into a smaller mixing bowl. Add some natural food colouring
- Ground the almonds in a food processor. Place them on the bottom of 6 medium glasses
- Add some berries and sprinkled with lemon juice
- Cover with the white cheese creme and decorate with the coloured mixture you prepared earlier
- Add some berries on top and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving
Why is it so healthy?
The ingredients in this cheesecake are 100% Mediterranean, healthy and delicious. In fact, if you are not comfortable with goat milk products, but you still would like to have the health benefits it offers, this might be the best solution. It’s quick and easy to prepare, doesn’t include any thermic processing and offers the best of unpasteurized but fermented goat milk product. With perfect Keto macros, you can easily have a portion of this delicious cheesecake in a cup, for breakfast or even dinner.