The Healthy Alternative
What is so good about goats’ milk?
Dairy is an important source of vitamins and nutrients. Many people find that cows’ milk dairy products cause various health problems for them, causing mild to extreme discomfort. Goats’ milk is an ideal alternative in many circumstances.
Despite the fact that goats’ milk is consumed in far greater quantities across the world than cows’ milk, Western cultures seem to equate ‘dairy’ with ‘cows’ milk’. This can cause great frustration and anxiety for those for whom cows’ milk causes health issues, with many simply avoiding cheese, butter, yoghurt or milk and others paying high prices for non-animal alternatives.
The good news is that goats’ milk does not usually lead to the same health challenges.
So, what’s the difference?
Essentially, the chemical structure of cows’ and goats’ milk differ in significant ways which have an impact on how the body is able to assimilate the nutrients.
Because of a different protein composition, the curd produced by goats’ milk is much softer and easier to digest.
Goats’ milk has a greater proportion of short to medium fatty chain acids, and the fat droplets are smaller than in cows’ milk. This helps the body digest it more easily, and is also a lighter load on cholesterol levels!
Benefits to children
Children seem to benefit a great deal from the switch to goats’ milk dairy products, in particular those that suffer from eczema, asthma or gastrointestinal complaints.
Research shows that cows’ milk is a major cause of colic in infants – even breastfed babies react to the cows’ milk that is consumed by their mother!
In comparison to cows’ milk, goats’ milk
· is naturally homogenised. Therefore it does not lose any nutrients during artificial homogenisation;
· contains more minerals and vitamins than cows’ milk;
· has smaller fat and protein particles, so it is digested more easily;
· contains 50% more vitamin B1;
· contains ten times more natural fluorine than fresh cows’ milk;
· is pure white because the carotene content is completely converted into vitamin A.
Goat milk is a good source of calcium, which is important in promoting strong bone growth and in preventing osteoporosis.
Health challenges goats’ milk may be able to address
· Snotty noses – goats’ milk does not contribute to excess mucous
· Digestive upsets
· Stomach ulcers
· Gastrointestinal complaints