But that is not all. In the rumens of poorly fed mass market cows, a common constituent is linoleic acid, which is not particularly health giving. However, in the rumens of cows kept well, running around out of doors consuming, especially non-pesticide, grass in fields as is their wont, about ten different isomers of linoleic acid are produced by their commensal bacteria. These collectively are called Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA. And CLA is strongly cancer preventive.
Unfortunately the rocky terrain of the Mediterranean shores doesn´t allow for cows freely running around.
Lactose intolerance may not be the issue at all – the same symptoms of bloating, gut irritability, diarrhea and flatulence can be brought on by alpha-S1 casein protein which is in cows’ dairy and it does cause allergic reactions.
Goat´s milk to the rescue?
Goats are sadly prone to bacterial infections and in the South of France a cull is underway due to infection with Coxiella burnetii. However, historically the milk of the Mediterranean was raw and from goats, with occasionally that of sheep. Far less growth hormone, oestrogen and unnatural contents as the goats ate clambering over, often, wild terrain.
Goat´s milk wins the day over cows´ milk in a colourful Mediterranean Diet.