Yes, data shows that sheep milk yogurt is more digestible when compared to cows’ milk. While sheep milk does contain lactose, people consistently report that they are able to eat sheep milk without discomfort. In Bellwether Farms’ research, we found that over 50% of our customers, when surveyed, reported that they chose our yogurt specifically because of digestibility and other health concerns, such as allergies. In many cases, these customers were following the direction of a doctor.
There are many scientific reasons for sheep milk’s digestibility. Like goat’s milk, it is naturally homogenized and has smaller fat globules and more medium fatty chain acids. Sheep’s milk is also high in A2 protein, Vitamin B12, and folate. The high level of A2 protein specifically leads to greater digestibility. An intolerance to A1 protein in certain cow milk often presents as lactose intolerance.
Of course, the thing that really stands out about Bellwether Farms yogurt is how great it tastes.