Functional foods are those that
provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Some healthy ingredients are
added to produce these extra health benefits. With food industry making a
consistent growth over the years, there has always seen a considerable interest
in promoting development of new food ingredients and innovations in functional
A recent study jointly conducted
by Ludmilla Santana Soares e Barros and Nelson De Carvalho Delfino at
Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (University) from Brazil, has
developed petit-suisse cheese adding probiotic Lactobacillus casei BGP 93 in
The petit-suisse cheese is a
healthy food with high nutritional value and with fat-soluble vitamins. It was
originated in France in the 1850s.
The study determined the physical,
chemical and micro-biological viability of the probiotic in petit-suisse cheese
during storage period. The results show that Petit-suisse cheese is a good
carrier for probiotic micro-organisms, especially Lactobacillus casei BGP-93.
Lactobacillos casei stayed viable
during shelf life; the cheese can be a functional product for more than 30 days
Health Benefits of Petit-Suisse Cheese with Lactobacillus Casei
Lactobacillus casei BGP-93 are
live bacteria and yeasts that are good for digestive and immune system.
According to nutritionists, the probiotics can also tolerate the acidic environment
of the human gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, products with
lactobacillus casei can help reduce cholesterol, symptoms of lactose intolerance
, risk for bladder cancer
and control diarrhea. The
probiotic products also adhere to the mucosa in the human intestine and
colonize the gastrointestinal tract.
Ingredients and Production of the Petit-Suisse Cheese with
Skimmed milk powder, commercial
coagulant — HA-LA, probiotic culture - lactobacillus casei BGP-93, saccharose -
refined sugar, calcium chloride, pasteurized milk cream and UHT milk and full
strawberry pulp (Borsato) were used in the production of the petit-suisse
Milk was reconstituted,
pasteurized at 65˚C for 30 minutes and cooled at 35˚C — a process of partial
sterilization. Calcium chloride — 25 ml for every 100 L of reconstituted milk
powder, curds at 10%, Lactobacillus
casei BGP 93 and lactic yeast were added.
This mixture was then placed in a
plastic pail and incubated for 12 hours. Draining was taken on after
fermentation to obtain mass.
Two rinsings were carried out with
1 liter of boiled water and cooled each time, till acidic count was close to
4.5. In order to reduce fats at 9%, sugar at 16% and strawberry fruit pulp at
5%, milk cream was added. Then, cheese were disposed in polyethylene pots and
stored at a temperature less than 10˚C.
The study, published at the Scientific Research Publishing
that the entire production process was conducted at the Laboratory for the
Inspection and Technology of Milk in Brazil and its branches of the School of
Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the Universidade Federal da Bahia.
Cheese - A Great Source of Vital Nutrients
Cheese contains Proteins, Vitamin
A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Calcium.
Protein is the key component for
the improvement many body functions. Cheese contains high-quality protein with
amino acids. Vitamin A plays a vital role in vision and bone growth and even
protects us from cancer.
Vitamin B12 is very important for
the optimal function of the nervous system and red blood cells. Vitamin D is
essential for calcium absorption from the intestine and for the formation and
maintenance of bones. Cheese is a rich source of
. It is important to consume
recommended quantities of calcium to stay healthy and live longer.
How Much Cheese is too much?
According to nutritionists, even a
small amount of daily cheese intake can provide you with the recommended daily
calcium intake — 1000mg based on a 2000 calorie diet. For example 100g of
parmesan cheese contains 1367mg of calcium.
Eat Cheese at the End of Your Meal for this Special Effect
Cheese can also protect your
teeth. As a recent study, people who finish a meal with cheese, prevent tooth decay
effectively. In that case,
remember to eat cheese at the end of your meal and you may be able to protect
the teeth from germs and distortion.