I tried to introduce cow dairy products into my diet this week. The reason I wanted to was not for health but for convenience. I wanted to be able to eat normal cheddar cheese. Up until now I’ve been eating goat milk cheddar cheese and goat milk yogurt only.
I bought some organic cow’s cheddar cheese the other day and tried a little bit. I didn’t seem to have any symptoms so I had more. And more. Pretty soon I’d eaten a fairly decent sized chunk of cheese. Then the itching started. I broke out in hives all over my chest! What the heck!? I ate cow dairy products my entire life with no reaction like this. I had a food allergy test done showing no signs of allergy. Mind you, I hadn’t eaten any dairy for about a year and a half at that point. But I really didn’t expect an allergic reaction to a food. I’m always reacting only with digestive issues. Strangely enough, even though I broke out in hives, I had no tummy troubles at all. And I had quite a bit of the cheese too.
I’m fine with staying on goat dairy products for now. I know it’s healthier for me. Goat’s milk has more of some nutrients and is much easier to digest (proteins and fat). I like my yogurt and goat cheddar cheese. I just wish I could have cheddar cheese at restaurants or friend’s BBQ get togethers and such. I’m not sure if I’d be willing to deal with itchy hives again just for some cheese.
Sigh.. still haven’t added new things into my diet, since both squash and cow cheese is out. Hopefully my next attempt will turn out better.
Update: I’m pretty sure it was not the cow’s milk cheese that gave me the reaction. Not sure what it was!