In most other parts of the world goat’s milk is the preferred type of dairy beverage for a variety of reasons. Milk lovers in the U.S. are even beginning to pick up on the health benefits associated with our friendly milk-producing goats. Several factors contribute to the switch from cow’s milk to goat’s milk beginning with cost. Goats are much less expensive to raise, since they don’t require as much for grazing, making it easier for families to keep them in their own backyards.
Aside from cost, goat’s milk seems to be better for your body too. Although goat’s milk has a higher fat content than cow’s milk, it contains a higher proportion of essential fatty acids giving the intestines a break during digestion. The protein in goat’s milk forms a softer curd, contributing to better digestion, especially among infants. Are you sensing a theme yet when it comes to digestion?
Goat’s milk has slightly lower levels of lactose compared to cow’s milk, which may be a slight advantage for people that are lactose-intolerant. Those allergic to cow’s milk often experience chronic ear infections, asthma, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, but switching to goat’s milk may alleviate some of these symptoms since it lacks the allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1.
Goat’s milk also beats cow’s milk when it comes to calcium, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, potassium, as well as the antioxidant selenium. But for those of you mothers out there, if you make the switch to goat’s milk, you’ll have find your folic acid elsewhere, since cow’s milk has ten times more (or just look for my favorite Meyenberg supplemented brands of goat’s milk)!
And lastly, as always, be sure to buy goat’s milk that is free of bovine growth hormone and antiobiotics. Give it a try next time you’re in the store. Your taste buds and your body might be pleasantly surprised with the switch!
Yours In Health,
Stella Metsovas B.S., CCN