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Goat & Cow Lactose?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Hi fellow paleo peeps,

Here my question:

I tolerate goats milk fine and other cow products such cheese,butter,cream.

However i drank cows milk gold top unhomogenized but it rumbles my stomach a bit and my acne has come back again.

I don't understand why this is so? Cows cheese has mainly protein and fat and Goat milk has protein, lactose and fat in itself so what I am confused about is why I can't digest Cow milk if I get the protein from cheese and lactose being all the same and all...

Could lactose be different in goats and cows?

What is the problem here, anyone want to weigh in?

Cheers and have a nice day.

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on April 01, 2013
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You should be asking about A1 and A2 casein.

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on March 19, 2013
at 09:36 PM

still doesnt answer why i can tolerate cow cheese and butter :S

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on April 01, 2013
at 04:13 AM

Cheese (especially aged cheeses), butter, and cream contain very little lactose. If you are lactose intolerant you can probably eat those, whether from cow or goat, with little problem. Additionally, milk from cows that produce A2 casein tend to be better tolerated than cows that produce A1 casein. Jerseys and Guernsey are more likely to make the A2 casein than Holsteins but I think each cow has to be tested to verify if it produces the A2 variety. Still, some people, like me, seem to tolerate goat or sheep milk products better than cow because the milk molecule is smaller in size -- comparible to that of human breast milk.

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on April 01, 2013
at 12:30 PM

Lactose is lactose, no matter the species, both cow and goat dairy contains it and roughly the same amount.

If there's a difference in your tolerance of dairy, it's likely the protein.

Joanna does make a good point that goat milk has smaller fat globules than cow milk. Goat milk does not separate cream to the same degree as does cow milk (a thin layer of cream will form in goat milk over the course of days, cow milk will separate much more cream in a shorter period of time). That's the reason often attributed to the easy digestion of goat milk.

A1 versus A2... well, in the past I was thinking this was a real effect and it still might be in a person with gut dysfunction, but in healthy folks both are digested without issue.

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on March 18, 2013
at 01:33 AM

the main difference between the two is the fat molecule size. goat's molecules are smaller than cow's. the lactose is the same between the two animals.

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on March 19, 2013
at 09:36 PM

still doesnt answer why i can tolerate cow cheese and butter :S

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