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Sheep Milk Yogurt

In France
, under the regime of François the 1st, yogurt made its first rather fleeting appearance. In 1542, the King became ill. His team of personal physicians were unable to do anything to help him. So, King ordered that a Jewish shepherd and his flock of dairy sheep be transported from Constantinople to Paris. This shepherd had a particular way of preparing the milk from his flock. Thanks to the curative properties of this fermented food prepared in the Eastern manner, the King recovered. Ever since, both in France and elsewhere, more and more people have consumed sheep milk yogurt. Interestingly enough, the word "yogurt" means "long life" in several different languages.

(Source: Larousse Dictionary of Cheeses)

It is interesting to note that in the province of Quebec, sales of yogurt have grown by 11% each year.

Calcium requirements for...

  • an adult from 19-50 years old = 1,000 mg/day
  • a teenager from 14-18 years old = 1300 mg /day
  • pregnant or nursing women = 1200-1300 mg/day

500 ml (2 cups) of sheep milk yogurt - 1,000 mg

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Serving Suggestions :
  • As a dessert with fresh fruit
  • At breakfast as an important source of calcium

    Ingredients :
    Sheep milk, lactic cultures
    Fat content. : 5%

    Storage and Keeping Qualities:
    Refrigerated at 2-4°C : 1 month









    Alleviating the Allergies
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    Can sheep milk give allergy relief?

    In a study undertaken with 206 subjects in the United Kingdom, 196 of were lactose intolerant when given cow milk and only 11 were able to digest it without side effects. The study demonstrated the advantages of using sheep milk to treat food allergies and the symptoms associated with them. The researchers also developed a list of other dairy products (containing cow milk) that caused digestive upset: chocolate pudding, yogurt, butter, cheese, cream and ice cream. The symptoms most frequently cited included: diarrhea, nausea, headache, irritability, stomach ache, bloating, acne, eczema, nasal congestion, migraine and hyperactivity (in children).

    Of the 206 study participants, almost all of them were able to tolerate sheep milk. 99% of them were able to tolerate and 83% of them actually preferred it. It is remarkable that the majority of severe allergic reactions caused by cow milk were eased by simply replacing it with sheep milk.


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