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Goat's Milk - a Great Alternative to Cow's Milk

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Goat's Milk: Why it's a Better Choice

For Adults and Children

What does goat's milk give you that cow's milk doesn't? Did you know that in many parts of the world, goats milk is preferred to cow's milk. Even in the United States, the goat is gaining popularity. Goats eat less and occupy less grazing space than cows. For some families merely keeping a backyard goat supplies them with milk for their entire familys' needs. Goat's milk is found to be more easily digestible and less allergenic than cow's milk.

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Goat Milk Benefits Summary

Why it’s easier to digest.

Even though the the fat content of goat and cow milk is very similar, the actual fat globules in goat's milk are much smaller, more like mother's milk. This makes it much easier for you to digest.

Also, when the goat's milk gets to the stomach it forms a softer curd. Only 2% of it is curd whereas 10% is curd in cow's milk. This helps you digest it with much less irritation than cow's milk. You see, it's the smaller fat globules in goat milk that results in a smaller and softer curd. This is what allows digestive enzymes to break it down faster.

Goat milk also has a lower content of lactose, i.e. milk sugars. We find that many people who thihnk they are lactose intolerant are not really lactose intolerant, it's only that they are having problem digesting, but don't really have an allergy to lactose. Goat milk is a good alternative.

Allergy and Sensitivity leads to Inflammation

Cow's milk is the most prevalent allergy in kids and that continues to plague them into adulthood. In fact, there are as many as 20 allergens that can cause reactions. We find that often a senstivity to one specific protein, called A1 casein, is the culprit and its the inability to digest this A1 casein protein that's the root of the issue.

Why? because A1 protein is extremely inflammatory in nature for some. To make it worse, the majority of bovines in the U.S. and even in Western Europe and Australia are Holstein and Fresian, which are A1 casein producers. Read more about it

This leads to all kinds of symptoms in the gut like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s and colitis, intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome. There can even symptoms associated with eczema and even autoimmune diseases.

Goat milk, on the other hand contains A2 casein alone. This makes it as close to mother's breast milk when looking at protein content. There's even a study that points to the preferable use of goat's milk as the first protein to be used after breastfeeding. It has been found to be less allergenic for babies than cow milk.

It's advisable for people with true lactose tolerance to consult their health care practitioners to ensure for them to be using goat's milk products.

Essential Fatty Acids and Calcium

Goat milk actually has high levels of medium-chain fatty acids. There are 30%–35% in comparison to cow's milk having only 15–20 percent. These fatty acids are able to increase energy that isn’t stored as body fat. They also help to lower cholesterol and even help with intestinal symptoms.

Then, when it comes to calcium, goat's milk is actually richer in it's mineral content. There is about 33 percent of the daily recommended value in comparison to only 28 percent in cow milk.

Goat milk is noted for its high levels of A vitamins. This can be very helpful in supporting our skin quality. Acne and pimples soon go away. Complexion improves because you are able to get rid of dead skin cells and improve skin tone. Remember, the pH of goat's milk is like human's so it's absorbed by the skin with less irritation and less bacteria build up.

Added benefits are goat milk's ability to assist in increasing 'good' cholesterol while reducing the bad ones. The high levels of zinc and selenium also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases. Also, when you're consuming goat milk on a regular basis you encourage your body to use iron and to regenerate hemoglobin, promoting a way to discourage osteoporosis and anemia.

Cheese making

There are several considerations here. Often, goat and cow milk may be used interchangeably to make cheese; But, one milk can be preferred to another, depending what the desired outcome is. The choice is dependent on the size and amount of butterfat globules in the milk. The other concern is flavor.

Soft and semi-soft cheese do best with larger fat globules i.e. cow's milk, whereas milk with smaller fat globules like goat's milk, is best for sharper, aged and harder cheese. The one exception is chèvre, the very popular soft goat cheese that has a particular flavor and creamy texture.

Take a look at a Comparison Chart of Infant Formula & Breast, Goat's & Cow's Milk

See the Nutrient Comparison of Goat's Milk and Cow's Milk

Different fat
Goats milk contains around 10 grams of fat per 8 ounces in comparison to 8 to 9 grams in whole cow's milk. Goat's milk does not contain agglutinin but cow's milk does. Because of this, the fat globules in goat's milk do not cluster together and this is what makes it easier to digest. Like cow's milk, goat's milk is low in essential fatty acids, because goats also have EFA-destroying bacteria in their ruminant stomachs. Yet, goat milk is reported to contain more of the essential fatty acids linoleic and arachnodonic acids, in addition to a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids. These are easier for intestinal enzymes to digest.

Different protein
Goat milk protein forms a softer curd. This is name given to the protein clumps that are formed by your stomach acid. This makes the protein easier to digest and it also able to digest more quickly. This more rapid transit through the stomach can be very helpful for infants and babies alike who often regurgitate cow's milk easily. Goats milk may also have advantages when it comes to allergies. Goat's milk only contains trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, which is found in cow's milk. Goat's milk casein is more similar to human breast milk, yet cow's milk and goat's milk contain similar levels of the other allergenic protein, beta lactoglobulin. Some mothers are certain that their child tolerates goat's milk better than cow's milk.

Different minerals
Although the mineral content of goat's milk and cow's milk is generally similar, goat's milk contains 13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin. It is also four times higher in copper. Goat's milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow's milk. Cow's milk contains five times as much vitamin B-12 as goat's milk and ten times as much folic acid (12 mcg. in cow's milk versus 1 mcg. for goat's milk per eight ounces with an RDA of 75-100 mcg. for children). The fact that goat's milk contains less than ten percent of the amount of folic acid contained in cow's milk means that it must be fortified with folic acid in order to be adequate as a formula or milk substitute for infants and toddlers, and popular brands of goat's milk may advertise "fortified with folic acid" on the carton.

Benefits of Goat Milk:

It's Fresher
  • Available within 48 hours after milking to ensure the freshest product possible. Freshness is associated with a high level of bioactive components naturally found in unpasteurized milk.
It's Safer
  • There is no antibiotic residues, growth hormones, BST, or other contaminants used on the animals. Also, the mechanical pasteurization process used for cow's milk releases xanthine oxidase, and enzyme which can create scar damage to the heart and arteries.
  • The goat's milk product must meet the same health standards as pasteurized cow's milk.
  • Goat milk does not contain the complex proteins that are the main stimulants of allergic reactions to cow dairy products.
  • Certain cow milk proteins have properties, which suppresses the immune system. Goat milk does not have these immunosuppressive properties.
It's Easier to Digest
  • Smaller protein molecules and fat molecules with thinner and more fragile membranes in goat's milk allow it to be digested easier than cow's milk.
Lactose Intolerant?
  • Easier digestion allows the lactose to pass through the intestines more rapidly, not giving it time to ferment or cause an osmotic imbalance.
  • Goat's milk also contains 7% less lactose than cow milk.
  • Additionally, most lactose intolerant people have found that they can tolerate goat's milk and goat milk products.
Goat's Milk Soothes the Digestive Tract
  • Goat's milk has long been used and recommended as an aid in the treatment of ulcers due to its more effective acid buffering capacity.
  • Children on goat's milk have been observed to sleep through the night and remain more satisfied between meals.
Goat's Milk is an Alkalinizer of the System
  • Goat's milk has an alkaline pH, so it does not produce acid in the blood or intestinal system.
  • Acidic blood and intestinal pH levels are associated with fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and pains, sore pressure points, excess weight, blood sugar imbalances, and Candida Albicans infections.
It contains twice the Healthful Medium Chain Fatty Acids
  • Goat's milk contains a higher content of medium chain fatty acids (ie. capric and caprylic acids) which are used to inhibit Candida infections. These medium chain fatty acids are immune and energy enhancing.
It Does not Produce Mucous
  • Goat's milk doesn't stimulate an immune response like cow's milk does, so there is no mucous formed.
Goat's Milk is a Rich Source of the Trace Mineral Selenium
  • The trace mineral selenium, often deficient in the human body, is necessary for its immune modulation and antioxidant properties. It helps control the human immune system and works directly on viruses by preventing reproduction.
  • Goat's milk contains the highest source of selenium of any milk. It has 2.5 times more than powdered infant formulas, 35% more than pasteurized cow milk, and more than human breast milk.
Mother Nature is very Clever
  • Natural milk contains many bioactive components, which helps to slow down the growth of harmful organisms, and to protect the health of those that consume them. Goat's milk contains the same important bioactive components as mother's milk.


Comparison Chart

Raw Goat's Milk :  Mother Nature's System for Protecting Infants

Component Action Breast Milk Goat's Milk Products Retail Cow's Milk Infant Formula
B Lymphocytes Produce antibodies, which target harmful microbes X X - -
Macrophages Immune cells, which kill microbes in baby's gut; produce lysosome, an enzyme, which digests the cell walls of  harmful bacteria, and activate other components of the immune system X X - -
Neutrophils White blood cells, which ingest bacteria in baby's digestive system X X - -
T Lymphocytes Kill infected cells directly or send out "alarms", which stimulate other parts of the immune system X X - -
IgA/IgG Secretory Antibodies Prevent microbes in the intestine from invading other tissues X X - -
B-12 Binding protein Reduces vitamin B-12 in the colon; a vitamin, which harmful bacteria need for growth X X - -
Bifidus factor Promotes growth of Lactobacillus bifidus>, a helpful bacterium in baby's gut, which helps crowd out dangerous germs X X - -
Fatty Acids Disrupt membranes of viruses and destroy them X X X X
Fibronectin Increases antimicrobaial activity of macrophages and helps to repair damaged tissues X X - -
Gamma-Interferon Enhances antimicrobial activity of macrophages and helps to repair damaged tissues X X - -
Lactoferrin Binds to iron, making it unavailable for germs X X - -
Lysozyme Kills germs by disrupting their cell walls X X - -
Mucins & Oligosaccharides Bind to bacteria and viruses, preventing them from attaching to baby's gut; encourage growth of friendly bacteria X X X -
Hormones & Growth Factors Stimulate baby's digestive tract to mature and seal itself, reducing risk of infection X X X -


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Nutrient Comparison: Goat's Milk and Cow's Milk
  Goat's Milk Cow's Milk   Goat's Milk Cow's Milk
Weight (g) 244 244 Calories 168 150
Water (g) 212.4 214.7 Protein (g) 8.7 8
Carbohydrate (g) 10.9 11.4 Fat (g) 10.1 8.2
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (g) 2.7 - Saturated Fatty Acids 6.5 5.1
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids 0.4 0.3 Cholesterol (mg) 28 33
A (IU) 451 307 B-1 (mg) 0.12 0.09
B-2 (mg) 0.34 0.4 B-6 (mg) 0.11 0.1
Folic Acid (mcg) 0.7 12 Nicotinic Acid (mg) 0.7 0.2
B-12 (mcg) 0.16 0.87 Pantothentic Acid (mg) 0.76 0.77
C (mg) 3 2 Sodium (mg) 122 119
Calcium (mg) 326 290 Magnesium (mg) 34 33
Manganese (mg) 0.044 0 Zinc (mg) 0.73 0.93
Potassium (mg) 499 368 Phosphorus (mg) 270 227
Iron (mg) 0.12 0.12 Copper (mg) 0.112 0


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