Sheep’s milk yogurt.
Sheep’s milk yogurt is an alternative to traditional yogurt products, which are typically made with cow’s milk. Sheep’s milk was one of the first varieties of milk consumed by humans and is still used frequently in Greece and the Middle East. Yogurt made from sheep’s milk not only provides many of the same nutritional benefits as yogurt made from cow’s milk, it also offers a naturally thick and fluffy texture. For people with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy, sheep’s yogurt may also be easier to digest.
Yogurt made from sheep’s milk has a naturally thick and smooth texture.
Generally, people don’t drink sheep’s milk like cow’s milk because of its thicker texture and stronger flavor. Instead, milk is mixed in a 50/50 ratio with water before consumption. Sheep’s milk is also used to make cheese, butter and powdered milk, as well as cosmetic products like soap bars.
In areas where sheep’s milk is regularly consumed, sheep’s milk yogurt is often a popular food product. This product has also been exported to other countries, such as the United States. Consumers may have to shop at natural or specialty food stores to find this product, although some may prefer to make their own. Although cows require a lot of care, sheep are relatively easy to care for and take up less space than cows. Families with a little land can choose to raise their own sheep and make their own yogurt at home.
Sheep’s milk yogurt offers the same health benefits as cow’s milk yogurt, while still offering a naturally thick and smooth texture.
Sheep’s milk yogurt can be eaten straight or mixed with fruit, granola and other additives for flavor and texture. Some manufacturers also produce flavored varieties, such as those found in cow’s milk yogurt. These may include strawberry, vanilla or honey flavored products. Consumers can also use this yogurt in place of cream or milk butter when cooking, as it tends to withstand higher temperatures than these products.
Some people with lactose intolerance find yogurt made with sheep’s milk easier to digest.
Nutritionally, sheep’s milk yogurt offers many of the same benefits as traditional yogurt. It contains approximately the same amount of calories per serving, with a high content of calcium and vitamins. Unlike cow’s milk yogurt, yogurt made from sheep’s milk is high in vitamin B and has about twice the protein of standard varieties. It contains more fat than regular yogurt, but this fat is considered healthy, like the fats found in olive oil and nuts. People with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy may find they can consume this product without concern, although consumers should check the ingredients list and consult their physician to be sure.