It’s official! We have approved goat and sheep cheese in Phase I of the SHAPE ReClaimed program. You are allowed up to 3 oz. per day, counted towards your daily allotment of dense protein.
This was a topic of discussion for quite some time. When we announced this change at our symposium for practitioners in January, it received a round of applause!
Here’s why goat and sheep cheese are now approved:
- They are less inflammatory than cheese made from cow’s milk.
- They are easier to digest than cheese made from cow’s milk.
- They do not contain lactose, the sugar found in cow’s milk. Lactose can cause allergic reactions in those who are intolerant.
- They contain a different form of casein (the protein in cow’s milk that contributes to dairy allergies), so will be less likely to cause allergic reactions.
- They contain higher amounts of protein and less carbohydrate than cheese made from cow’s milk.
What about goat and sheep milk yogurt?
Goat milk yogurt is relatively easy to find in natural food stores, but most brands contain tapioca starch, which is not approved in Phases I or II of the SHAPE ReClaimed program. Additionally, the protein content is quite low compared to the carbohydrate content. If you find a brand without additives, you can count it towards your dairy protein allotment for the day (up to 14 oz.).
Sheep milk yogurt is less popular and may be more difficult to find. Use the same guidelines for goat milk yogurt and check the ingredients list for additives like tapioca starch and sugar.
We have updated the SHAPE-Approved Extras article to reflect these changes. Bookmark or print this list and keep it with your patient guidebook and/or shopping list.
Also, how cute are goats and sheep?