Cows milk is the highest seller in the country, in other parts of the world, goat milk is the preferred choice. Although you can now get sheep’s milk and sheep milk products in the country,it is not much embraced as cow’s milk.
As cows are milked throughout a lot in their pregnancy, they have much higher estrogen levels than goat milk. This even applies to organic cows milk. So goat milk is preferable over cows milk, for reducing our intake of external sources of estrogen.
Here is a look at why sheep milk is better for you than cow or goat milk;
Sheep milk is more acceptable to the human digestive system in comparison to cow’s milk. Its milk does not have such a strong smell or taste as is often the case with cow’s milk. It contains about double and in some cases much more than double the amount of solids found in either goat’s and cow’s milk. Sheep milk is superior and belongs to a class of its own.
- People who develop intolerance find that sheep milk products are the only dairy products they can safely eat – patients who are unable to digest cow’s milk have had no trouble with it.
- Large consumption of sheep milk is thought to lead to longevity. Bulgarian shepherds are noted for their exceptionally long lives, presumably from a diet of the produce of their sheep. Because of its high calcium content, sheep milk is also very good for the prevention of osteoporosis and for those people already suffering from it.
- It is the most nutritious milk on sale in the world today. The only other milks that can be compared with it in terms of nutrition would be that of a camel.
- It is ideal for cheese production as it contains double the amount of solids compared to cow or goat milk. Where ten liters of cow milk is used to make 1 kg of cheese, only five liters of sheep milk is used.
The superiority of sheep milk lies in the milk composition when compared in relative terms to goat’s and cow’s milk. Especially in the differences of the critical nutritional substances like protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and Vit. B6 and B12, Vit. D, the medium chain amino acids, linoleic acids and all 10 of the essential amino acids.
Calcium and Minerals
Both these minerals are higher in sheep milk as in goat’s and cow’s milk. Calcium combined with lactose and the high amount of Vit. D is critical in the prevention of Osteoporosis. Bone density is formed during adolescence and the huge amount of soft drinks consumed by children nowadays instead of milk predicts nothing good for them in old age because soft drinks destroy bone density. Sheep milk provide in 254 % of the daily requirement of calcium of 800 mg while cow’s milk provide only 170 %. Cow cheese provides only 320 mg / 100g in comparison with sheep cheese 530 mg / 100 g.
Zinc is essential for a healthy skin. The calcium phosphorus ratio in sheep milk is nearly perfect because one can’t be digested without the other.
Vitamins like the B-complex vitamins and especially vitamins like A, D and E are absolutely essential for good health and is normally recommended as supplements. All these vitamins occur naturally in large quantities in sheep milk. Sheep milk is especially high in folic acid and Vit. B12.
Sheep milk contain double the amount of butterfat in comparison to goat’s and cow’s milk. The fat in sheep milk are smaller than those in either cow or goat milk. Therefore the milk is more homogeneous. The smaller fat content are more easily digested and are less likely to cause high cholesterol.
Three fat soluble vitamins are found among the so-called fats. In other words they are incorporated in the fats and without them, one would become very ill or even die should they be absent. These are vitamins. A, D and E. As already mentioned, it contains remarkably more of these vitamins as both goat’s and cow’s milk.
Its milk also contain a higher quantity of medium/short chain saturated fatty acids and it is believed that this leads to higher lactose absorption which is of benefit for those who are lactose intolerant. Furthermore, it is not as high in saturated fatty acids in comparison to the other types of milk. 45 % of the fatty acids in sheep milk is Mono or Poly-unsaturated fats.
The medical and nutritional values of medium chain fatty acids are well-known and its benefits has been proven in a wide variety of diseases like heart diseases, epilepsy in children, cystic fibrosis, gall stones etc. because of its unique metabolic ability to supply energy. its content also limits or inhibits cholesterol deposits, it dissolves cholesterol gall stones and it plays a role in normal growth of babies. It is unique because it doesn’t follow the normal lipid route through the lymph system. It instead goes where it is oxidized into a fast available energy for the body.
The protein in its milk which is associated with cheese. This makes it very acceptable for those with an intolerance for goat’s or cow’s milk. Proteins in sheep milk is a very digestible protein. Sheep milk contains 3 times more of this type of protein than cow’s milk which also contributes to better digestibility. Because the protein content of the milk is so high, it is not recommended for babies up to 12 months. Sheep milk is a natural high protein energy drink.
Even in case of people with a high lactose intolerance, it will still be possible for them to use sheep milk products. When yoghurt is made from sheep milk, the lactose is converted to lactic acid and during the production of hard cheeses, the lactose is set free . There is also proof that the lactose in sheep milk is more acceptable to people than that of other types of milk.