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Questions About Goat Milk Yogurt

Why did you change your vanilla yogurt?

We recently reformulated our vanilla yogurt to give it a classic vanilla flavor, using organic Madagascar vanilla and pure, organic cane sugar.

After receiving countless requests for a more traditional vanilla flavor, without the smokiness of maple syrup, we headed back to the drawing board. After many trials, we came up with our new recipe that features the bright, classic aroma of pure Madagascar vanilla, without being overly sweet.

This new formulation allows us to use more organic ingredients in our yogurt, which is important to many of our customers.

Does your new vanilla yogurt have more sugar?

No; the overall sugar content, or grams of sugar per serving, has not increased.

Why does your 32oz container display 17g of sugar per serving, while your 6oz container displays 13g of sugar per serving?

The serving size on the 32oz cup nutrition facts panel has changed from a 6oz serving to an 8oz serving, in accordance with FDA guidelines. The amount of sugar per serving is the same.

Did you make any other changes to your vanilla yogurt?

We have enhanced our blend of live & active cultures to a total of five, which provide billions of probiotics in every serving. They are the same cultures as before, plus one additional: L. delbrueckii subsp. lactis. To bring more transparency and information to our consumers, we now spell out the cultures with their full, scientific names.

I love the taste of vanilla yogurt sweetened with maple. What should I do?

We don’t add any sugar to our plain yogurt. Perhaps our plain yogurt might work for you, by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup? Our plain yogurt contains only 6g of naturally occurring milk sugar per 8oz serving, and you can adjust the sweetness to your liking!

Why did you change your fruit yogurts?

We recently reformulated our fruit yogurts with the goal of using less sugar and more fruit. We now use all-organic fruit and organic cane sugar to flavor our fruit yogurts.

We wanted to bring out the cleanest and best flavor in our goat milk yogurt, creating the perfect balance of fruit sweetness and yogurt tang. Our new and improved recipe has 50% more fruit, twice as many actual fruit pieces, and 3g less sugar per serving. In the process, we also found that in order to bring out the best flavor from the fruit and yogurt, organic cane sugar provided the best, purest sweetness.

This new formulation allows us to use more organic ingredients in our yogurt, which is important to many of our customers.

Did you make any other changes to your fruit yogurts?

We have enhanced our blend of live & active cultures to a total of five, which provide billions of probiotics in every serving. They are the same cultures as before, plus one additional: L. delbrueckii subsp. lactis. To bring more transparency and information to our consumers, we now spell out the cultures with their full, scientific names.

Why are there 6g of sugar in the plain yogurt?

The sugar listed is lactose that occurs naturally in the milk. We do not add sugar.

What are probiotics? How many probiotics are in a serving of your yogurt?

Probiotics literally means “life giving,” and our  yogurt contains live and active cultures, also referred to as “friendly bacteria”. For more information visit www.probiotics.org, a website devoted to probiotic research.

We selected each active probiotic strain for its unique and complementary role for flavor development and synergy. They are: BIFIDOBACTERIUM LACTIS, S. THERMOPHILUS, L. ACIDOPHILUS, L. DELBRUECKII SUBSP. LACTIS, L. DELBRUECKII SUBSP. BULGARICUS. Together, these five probiotic cultures are responsible for the terrific, signature “tang” of the products they’ve cultured and their smooth, creamy textures.

When testing our goat yogurt for probiotic amounts, we use newly made product as well as product at the end of its “shelf life.” We then average these numbers because batches and probiotic counts can vary.

Redwood Hill Farm yogurt, with five different probiotics, has 340.2 billion probiotics per 6oz cup (average)

Do you still sell goat milk?

As of September 14, 2012, we no longer sell our fresh bottled goat milk. Because goat milk production is seasonal, there are times of the year when we have less fresh milk than others. Coupled with the fact that our goat milk yogurt and kefir are very popular, we have decided to discontinue bottling our fresh milk. You may wish to enjoy our delicious Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir in place of the milk; many people use our kefir on their cereal, over fruit, and in their smoothies. Thank you for your continued support!

Do your products contain lactose or casein?

Goat milk naturally contains less lactose than cow’s milk, but it is not lactose-free. Our goat milk yogurts and kefirs both contain about 2% lactose. Under our sister brand name, Green Valley Organics®, we produce lactose-free yogurt, kefir, and sour cream made with organic cow’s milk. Visit the website to learn more at Green Valley Lactose Free.

Casein in Goat Milk: Casein is a natural protein that is found in all milk.  Many people have difficulty with Casein especially the Alpha S1 casein found in cow milk and so are allergic to cow dairy. Studies have shown that goat milk is very low in Alpha S1 casein and primarily contains Alpha S2 casein.  That is why many of those allergic to cow dairy may be able to use goat milk products in their diets successfully.

Why is liquid sometimes on the top of my yogurt when I open it?

It is normal for a bit of liquid (whey) to separate from yogurt. It can occur when there has been pressure applied, the container has been on its side, or when the yogurt has undergone a temperature change. Whey contains many of the important vitamins and nutrients in the yogurt so for the full goat yogurt benefits, it may be delicately folded back in.

What is the difference between goat milk and cow milk?

Although cow milk and dairy products are popular in the United States and Western Europe where an abundance of alfalfa and supplementary grain feed are available, they are not so popular in the rest of the world. Fresh goat milk and fresh cow milk have comparable flavor and nutrient content, but goat milk is more digestible because the fat particles are smaller. It is not uncommon for people who have trouble with cow milk to successfully switch to goat milk.