Sheep milk is truly special; it is one of the most nutritious milks available and may be helpful for people with stomach or digestion intolerances.
Sheep milk is a traditional milk with many modern-life advantages.
People have been milking sheep in many parts of the world for thousands of years, and it is now experiencing a strong resurgence in popularity, as consumer needs and preferences evolve.
Sheep milk offers some important benefits that goat or cow’s milk lacks (even A2-type milk). For this reason, the global production of sheep milk continues to increase as people experience the gentle digestion and nutritional benefits of alternative milks.
As well as superior nutrition, the environmental advantages of New Zealand sheep dairying vs. traditional dairying are now much better understood, and these sustainable options are rapidly gaining traction.
Learn more about the benefits of sheep milk with Performance Nutritionist, health/fitness expert, and mum of two, Lee-Anne Wann.
The many benefits of New Zealand Sheep Milk
What makes sheep milk truly unique and precious?
Less likely to trigger sensitivities and stomach or digestion intolerances
Studies suggest sheep milk may be a very good alternative for those who struggle with the digestion of cow’s milk or experience an upset stomach after drinking milk.
Proteins in sheep milk are very different to those in cow’s milk, in both structure and composition. Sheep milk is lower in a protein called alpha-S1 Casein.
Sheep Milk is easier to absorb
The absorption of important nutrients like amino acids, the body’s building blocks is significantly higher in sheep milk than cow milk.
The easier to digest milk – naturally.
Sheep milk is naturally an A2-type milk, free from A1 beta-casein protein found in most cow milk which has been associated with digestive discomfort such as painful cramps and bloating.
Sheep milk is also higher in short to medium chain fatty acids, which means these fats maybe easier to digest due to more efficient metabolism.
Our Milk is naturally richer in many vitamins and minerals
Fresh sheep milk has higher levels of vitamins - A, B₁, B₂, B₆, B₁₂, C, E and minerals – Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc than cow and goat milk.
More calcium and protein than cow’s and goat’s milk
Sheep milk naturally contains up to 60% more protein and calcium when compared to goat and cow milk.
Sheep Milk is a complete protein source
Sheep milk is what is known as a ‘complete protein’ source, this means it contains all 10 essential amino acids. They are essential because the body cannot make them itself and must be consumed in one’s diet.
Sheep milk science
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