The Continuing Goat Cheese Saga


I wanted to find out once and for all if goat cheese is more tolerable than cow's milk. (I'm a little afraid to try it myself to see what it does to my system)! I know I should take one for the team and try to find out, but I think lactose intolerances are individual and vary from person to person. After researching some more, I'm even more confused as before. Conclusion: decide for yourself :)

ANTI-GOAT'S MILK:
http://www.dairyfreeliving.com/FAQs.htm#Goats%20Milk
It is thought that goat milk is more easily digested than cow's milk, mainly because goat's milk does not contain the same concentrations of casein, the protein found in cow's milk. Goat's milk does however contain forms of casein and about the same level of lactose as found in cow's milk. If you are avoiding dairy products, than goat's milk should also be avoided.
http://planetlactose.blogspot.com/2007/08/goats-milk-allergy.html
Goat's milk contains about the same amount of lactose as does cow's milk, so it is not a good substitute for those with lactose intolerance. This remains true no matter how many times goat's milk advocates make the claim.
However, goat's milk does contain a somewhat different set of proteins than does cow's milk, so some people who can't drink cow's milk because they have allergies to casein proteins can drink goat's milk instead.
That doesn't mean that goat's milk is hypoallergenic. People can indeed be allergic to the proteins in goat's milk.
A study, Goat's milk allergy, by B. Tavares et al. (Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2007 May;35(3):113-116.)
CONCLUSIONS: Allergens other than casein can be involved in allergy to GM. Even small quantities of protein can elicit symptoms.
http://www.theallergysite.co.uk/dairy.html
Milk from mammals including cows, goats, sheep and humans contain lactose. This means that goats’ milk and sheep milk aren’t suitable alternatives to cows’ milk for people who are intolerant to lactose. There is no medical treatment for lactose intolerance, but symptoms can be avoided by controlling the amount of lactose in the diet. Adults with lactose intolerance can often have a small amount of milk without getting any symptoms
PRO GOAT'S MILK: (and coincidentally--all goat cheese manufacturers--go figure):
http://www.gourmetgoatcheese.com/faq.html (pro goat cheese co.)
http://www.amaltheiadairy.com/Products.html (pro)
http://www.redwoodhill.com/cheese_faq.htm (pro)
http://www.meyenberg.com/?action=facts

So, since there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer here. If you are wanting to try it, I suggest trying in moderation and seeing how you feel. Better yet, talk to your doctor or nutritionist and get their take on it.

girlA girlA 7 years 5 days
Thanks, amsnv--I think it's all individual-based. I also found out that goat's milk has less fat and sodium than cow's milk, too, which certainly is a plus. I don't think it hurts to try a little and just see.
amsnv amsnv 7 years 1 week
Really, it depends on if you are allergic to milk protein (casein or other protein) or lactose intolerant. A couple of your sources seem to intermix the two. Some people who are allergic to cow's milk are not allergic to goat's milk (only some) as the proteins are slightly different. However, lactose intolerant individuals have a problem digesting the lactose (milk sugar), it is quite different. In general, cheese contains less lactose than milk, whether goat or cow. Goat's milk does still contain a fair amount of lactose, though I am not sure of the exact amount. Really, it depends on your level of sensitivity to lactose, or how much you can tolerate. Since the symptoms of lactose intolerance are generally quite noticable to yourself, some trial and error will probably be your best way to determine how intolerant you are. Just be careful not to confuse a milk allergy (protein) with lactose intolerance (sugar), as this is done soooo much on the internet. Check http://www.godairyfree.org for more complete information on both.