Sheeps' Milk and Cheese as an Alternative to Cows
How to enjoy Milk and Cheese again - without the painful reaction
to Cows milk
Helen Tozer - April 2009
Have you tried Sheep's milk, sheep's cheese or sheep's ice cream?
My severe reaction to cows milk means that I have to avoid it, in all its forms.
In the early days of my crohn's disease I really missed having milk in my diet, especially milky coffee,
hot chocolate and cheese on toast!
At the same time, because I was avoiding cows milk and cheeses, I felt that I wasn't getting my usual source
As my crohn's got better, I was more able to try different foods in isolation. I needed to find alternatives to
foods that I had come to love, but didn't love me. I became more adventurous in my eating and would try things that
previously I would turn up my nose to.
Sheep's Milk as an Alternative to Cows Milk and
While on this subject, I recently read an article about the harmful effects of cows milk and came across this
paragraph from the No To Milk website:
- Mycobacterium paratuberculosis causes a bovine disease called
- Cows diagnosed with Johne's Disease have diarrhea, and heavy fecal shedding
of bacteria. This bacteria becomes cultured in milk, and is not destroyed by pasteurization.
Occasionally, the milk-borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host, and the results are
irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's Disease.
Scary stuff, and if you study the reports and evidence about the un-natural effects of cows
milk on human systems, you might begin to understand why so many of us react so badly to it.
Not only do I have problems with cows milk, but my children do too. All of my children have
eczema, and if they have cows milk, or its by-products, it produces big flare-ups on their skin. They avoid it at
all costs and rely on sheep's milk products as well as soya milk to flavour their foods.
Sheeps' Milk and Cheese Did Not Affect My
Originally I tried goats milk as an alternative but I found the taste
difficult to get used to, and it still caused a mild reaction in me, so I had to stop using it.
One day I read an article in a natural health magazine that was promoting the benefits of
sheep's milk for those who suffered an allergic reaction to cows milk. Many people who cannot tolerate cow’s milk
products find that they have no problems with products made with sheep milk.
The best known sheep milk products are Greek yoghurt and Feta cheese. Also well known is
French Roquefort cheese, Italian Pecorino and Ricotta, and Spanish Manchego cheese. All of these cheeses are now
readily available in most supermarkets and delicatessens. My favourite cheese - Manchego!
Be careful though, not all of the Greek Feta products are made from 100% sheep's milk; some
are made from cows milk and some with added goats milk. If you react badly to cows milk or goats milk then you will
need to avoid these products. It always pays to read the labels!
Sheep milk is the most nutritious milk available for sale in the shops. It typically has a
fat content double that of either cows or goats milk and has a high percentage of small fat globules, making is
easier to digest.
Sheep milk is a very concentrated food with a very high vitamin and mineral content. Many
dieticians now recommend sheep milk as a healthy and nutritious alternative to cows milk.
When I buy sheep's milk I buy enough to last several weeks and put it in the freezer. When
it's thawed out it tastes just as good as fresh.
If you haven't tried it yet then I suggest you search it out - it makes a lovely treat, just
when you fancy it.
Now I can enjoy my milky coffee and hot chocolate again - so
Sheep Dairy Links
Here are a few links to web sites that can help in your search for sheep's milk
A list of Sheep Dairy products in the UK, courtesy of the
British Sheep Dairying Association.
Sheep Ice Cream
For a delicious ice cream treat in the UK and a comparative analysis of
Sheep, Goat and Cow milks visit
Shepherds Ice Cream from
The Cheese Shed
Swaledale Cheese Company
Middle Campscott Farm
The Fine Cheese Co
Delicioso UK supplier of Manchego cheese from Spain
Eskley Sheep Milk Supplies
Woodlands Park is a major supplier of yoghurt and sheep milk
powder to supermarkets in the UK.
Read the famous Milk Letter and then decide for yourself.
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