Say what you will about the French but when it comes to cheese (and fries), they know their stuff! Brie is creamy yet delicious and is made from cows’ cheese. Brie gets its name from the region in France which it originates.
Le Brie as it is known throughout France is aged for at least a month before it is ready to pass through your lips.
Keep reading for Brie nutrition facts.
Major Nutrients Found In Brie
Looking at the Brie nutrition chart above shows that there’s a reason it’s so good…its sooo bad! The saturated fat found in a wedge of Brie cheese is more than any human needs to consume in a day. The amount of sodium and cholesterol found in Brie should also give you pause before eating an entire wedge on your own!
The good news is that when eaten in moderation, Brie can actually be pretty healthy. An entire wedge of Brie cheese has nearly 200mg of potassium, 230mg of calcium and nearly 30 grams of protein, which means you’re getting tons of good stuff…in addition to the bad.
When choosing Brie, make sure the cheese is a soft yellow color (like butter) and the rind is not pure white. A fully white rind means that the cheese isn’t fully matured to have the delicious Brie flavor. Never choose Brie that isn’t stored in a refrigerated area, as this cheese tastes best served slightly chilled. Brie comes in wheels or wedges, so choose based on what you need. Always check the expiration date on Brie before grabbing a wedge and hitting the checkout counter.
Store Brie cheese in the refrigerator when not using. Keep Brie wrapped tightly in plastic or seal it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness.
Eat It With
Brie cheese is delicious on its own or paired with a variety of foods. Serve Brie with plain or flavored crackers, or on a platter with fresh fruit, nuts or preserves. Red wine goes great with brie cheese, especially for parties. Brie can also be used in other cheese dishes like Brie smashed potatoes or Brie en croute, which is just a fancy way of saying Brie wrapped in puff pastry and baked until gooey!
Burn Off Calories In Brie
To burn off the calories in a wedge of Brie cheese, you would need to do:
- 119 minutes of walking
- 50 minutes of SCUBA Diving
- 30 minutes of roller blading