There are some people that claim that goat’s milk is digested more easily than cow’s milk, and that it’s even digestable for people with lactose intolerance. Since I spotted goat’s milk at the store today, I thought to give this a try. I just had a chocolate milk that tasted like a bit like a farm smells, only with a hint of cocoa. I’ll update this posting with my results. I’m very, very, very lactose intolerant, 0.2g are easily enough to trigger several days of diarrhea, so we’ll see if the myth is true. I couldn’t find any scientific evidence for it so far, but I don’t have access to many medical journals, so I might have missed something.
Update 1: I just found this in a journal: “Despite anecdotal evidence and a small number of clinical cases showing that goats milk is a hypo-allergenic substitute for those allergic to cows milk, and tolerated by those with lactose intolerance, there are few data to support this. Indeed, there appears to be more evidence to refute the claim.” (Frances Robinson, ‘Goats milk – a suitable hypoallergenic alternative?’, British Food Journal, Vol. 103, Iss. 3, 2001)
So I might be in for a very fun Sunday on the toilet. Should’ve checked the journal before 😛
Update 2: To finish this: The goat milk turned out to be surprisingly digestable. I did get feel very bloated for a few hours, but there were no other consequences. I think with the same amount of milk, I wouldn’t have left the bathroom for a bunch of days. So count me as another piece of anecdotal evidence, please.
I’ve asked Zweifel, the company that makes Switzerland’s most popular potato chips and snack products, whether they know how much lactose is in their food. Huge surprise: they know! Many companies don’t like to give you numbers, though, so I was very pleased to receive an e-mail from Zweifel/Pomy Chips’ Roland Zimmerli. He had gone and asked the specialists at Zweifel for their input, and they compiled a list of lactose percentage of *all* their products. Teh amaze!
I’ve [attached the list for all to see](http://terror.snm-hgkz.ch/blog/files/Laktose_in_g_pro_100g_Fertigprodukt_05.07.061.ods). This won’t do you much good if you’re not in Switzerland, but if you’re a visiting lactose intolerant from a place such as “Foreign”, it might be helpful.
Yay for Zweifel!
Coop is taking an active stance and has released (this week) several new lactose-free products. Among them:
– 3 different flavors of ice cream
– Cottage cheese
– Whole milk
– Skimmed milk
– Vanilla-flavored milk
– Chocolate-flavored milk
– Curd cheese
– Various yoghurts
This is great news for lactose intolerant people (including Asians and Africans of course) living in Switzerland! Coop has so far been very quiet in this sector, but Migros recently released a new line of soy-based products like puddings and chocolate drinks. This was a response to high demand from people on a vegan diet, but those with LI also profited from the move. That coop targets us specifically with this new line is fantastic. The products are made out of processed dairy milk, no soy involved (in case you’re worried about soy allergy).
Some small manufacturers, such as Breisgaumilch from Germany, already produce lactose-free cream for example, but that was a niche product only available in select stores in Germany. This is the first time such a product makes it to a Swiss mass-producer like Coop, who is present in nearly every larger town.
I will try some of the stuff to see if it tastes like mold or toothpaste or newspapers.
Source: A Coop employee posting at the [Libase.de forum](http://www.libase.de/thread.html?threadid=13270&boardid=14).