Is Fresh Mozzarella Cheese A Good Probiotic?

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I just had some imported french Mozzarella Cheese for lunch today.

It got me thinking if there was any Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria in the Mozzarella I was eating.

I am the Probiotic Review Girl after all and these are the things that pop into my head now and again.

What Is Mozzarella Cheese?

Usually you will find Mozzarella in foods like Pizza and Pasta. It was created in southern Italy traditionally with Buffalo's milk. The process of creating Mozzarella is funnily enough called "pasta filata". (1)

These days however, typically if you are buying store bought low cost vacuumed sealed Mozzarella Cheese it will probably be made from whole cow milk and definitely not in southern Italy.

Mozarella Cheese Nutrition

Per 100g

Carbohydrates

1g

Saturated Fat

12g

Fat

17g

Protein

17g

Energy

225 calories

What Milk Is Used In Mozzarella Cheese?

A quick check on the ingredient list will give you the answer. The ingredient's on my imported french mozzarella confirmed it was made with cow's milk.

Cow's milk does contain plenty of lactobacillus probiotic bacteria (2) and buffalo milk is said to contain Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Lactobacillus acidophilus. (3)

Mozzarella cheese is also sometimes made with Sheep and Goats milks. Both of these milks also contain probiotic bacteria.

Mozzarella Cheese Probiotic Bacteria Strains

Final Thoughts - Good Probiotic Or Not?

Mozzarella cheese is said to be best served hours within it being made. Cheese's that are fermented for longer periods of time will have a far stronger concentration of Probiotic bacteria and higher CFU count.

I would say that Mozzarella Cheese is not a good probiotic. It's not unhealthy but I wouldn't suggest buying it specifically if your intention is too populate your microbiome with Probiotic Bacteria. If that was is that you want to do then try some other cheese or a probiotic supplement.

Strongest Probiotic Cheese's

Cottage Cheese

Gouda

Cheddar

PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO

Manchego

Goats Cheese

The cheese's listed in the above table are all better options. The smell, orange colour and slight sour taste will be a good marker on how strong of a probiotic source your cheese is.

Fresh Mozzarella almost tastes like nothing and is usually quite white in its color. It doesn't smell particularly strong. I hope this short guide was helpful.

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