The Dutch Invented a Cheese That Can Improve Your Health
Gouda is not only delicious, it’s good for you too
That’s just about the best sentence we’ve ever read.
The cheese that gave a certain South Holland city its namesake (pronounced “goo-da”). It was first traded in the Middle Ages, when feudal laws gave the city of Gouda the sole rights to have a market where Dutch farmers could sell their cheese. (Hey 21st century cheese mongers, we’ve been doing this since the 1100’s! #OriginalCool)
A semi-hard to hard cheese savored for its nutty aroma and rich taste, it is rumored to account for over 50% of world cheese consumption! That’s right, the Netherlands has just .002% of the world’s population, but created a style of cheese that dominates over half the market. While it is not a strictly Dutch cheese, the traditional “Boerenkaas” or “farmers cheese” variety of Gouda can only be made in the Netherlands using the unpasteurized milk of Dutch cows. Which we like to think tastes the best.
And what are the health benefits?
Vitamin K2 amongst other things. This lesser-known vitamin plays an important role in bone density and oral health, as well as the wellbeing of cartilage and vascular tissue. Translation: a lot of your body! Most foods lack noticeable amounts of K2, especially because the vitamin is commonly found in grass-fed meats and dairy, two food sources that are increasingly rare and expensive. But a single serving of Gouda can provide a significant amount of the vitamin, whether or not the milk came from a grass-fed cow. Gouda for the win!
So, not only is it delicious, but in moderate amounts, it’s good for you too.
Once you’ve satiated your pangs of hunger for this delicious cheese, you can learn more about traveling to the famous city by visiting our profile of Gouda.