Ricotta is back in fashion. Those analyzing trends on Google have noticed that searches for dairy products have reached record levels in recent months. “Ricotta” is also a popular hashtag on social media (the name remains identical in other countries), and it has been honored because Light and healthy. In fact, it has many advantages and its history is very ancient. It is eaten by Polyphemus in the Odyssey, and becomes a symbol of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reactionary hunger, in the episode Ricotta From the movie RogobagWe can already think of obtaining it from milk proteins obtained in the laboratory from the fermentation process, without cows.
One serving (100 grams) is approximately enough One third of the daily requirement of calciumEssential for bones. This does not mean that it is necessary to include dairy products in the diet: the same amount of the mineral, about 300 milligrams, is also provided by a serving of sesame seeds (30 grams).
Iodine and vitamin A
Ricotta is a gift iodineThe nutritional deficiency of which is considered alarming according to the World Health Organization (the result is goiter). It also gives a significant contribution from PhosphorusIt is used to form bones and teeth Vitamin AUseful for defenses and vision.
And as TikTok fans point out, cheese is a good source of… Proteinswith all essential amino acids, resulting in a nutritious and light second course.
A serving of ricotta from cow’s milk About 146 calories and sheep 157, under a cup of full-fat Greek yogurt (160 calories). Compared to regular cheese, it contains a higher percentage Low percentage of fatFat, especially saturated fat, is one-third of that found in mature cheese such as Parmesan or Pecorino.
Pay attention to the ingredients of packaged ricotta, which may have added lactose generouswith a noticeable increase in saturated fats, an excess of which can lead to an increase in harmful “LDL” cholesterol.
* Reviewed by Lucila Tita, Smartfood Program Coordinator at the European Institute of Oncology.
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