Here we get an understanding of what is meant by malga* cheese and raw milk cheese and what the difference is between pasteurized and raw milk.
* A mountain pasture or meadow
What is Malga Cheese?
It is a cheese that is produced in the mountains at high altitudes (1500-1800m) using fresh, raw milk.
What is meant by ‘raw milk’ cheese?
Raw milk cheese is made with fresh, unpasteurized milk to which only animal or vegetable rennet is added.
What is the difference between pasteurized milk and raw milk?
Pasteurized milk is milk which has been processed at high temperatures (about 90°C) with the aim of reducing all the lactic ferments considered dangerous in the fermentation phase of the production of cheese or other by products.
In fact, the high temperature drastically destroys most of the primary, natural nutritional values of milk.
The primary nutritional value is composed of:
- Vitamins A, B, D, E
- Saturated and polyunsaturated fats (the rich polyunsaturated fats are eliminated because they have a weaker chemical composition).
- Proteins: these pass from being worth proteins with a high biological value to proteins with a low value.
- Natural lactic ferments: during pasteurization a large part of the ‘good’ bacteria that improves our digestive system, gets killed off.