7 reasons you should try goat milk:
- Baby cows need to eventually get to 1500 pounds. The nutrient needs of a calf are way different than that of a human. Goats and sheep end up being anywhere between 80 to 280 pounds (depending on the type). Goat and sheep milk are much more closely related to a human adult weight.
The proteins in these kinds of milk are smaller and much more digestible than in cows. The main offending protein in milk that causes allergies is alpha-s1-casein. Goat and sheep milk are the closest to human milk and they have very little or almost no alpha-s1-casein, which is one reason why people who cannot tolerate cow milk do just fine with this milk. Around 40% of people who have cow milk allergies can drink goat milk.
Goat milk has smaller fat globules than cows milk and high amounts of medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s) making it more digestible. It has been shown that MCT’s are more readily absorbed by your cells without being broken down. This makes them an immediate source of energy, reducing the likelihood that they will be stored as fat.
- Goat milk has higher levels of nutrients, such as calcium, iron, copper, magnesium and zinc. The composition of goat milk makes these nutrients more bioavailable. This means your body can readily absorb calcium and iron from this milk vs cow milk. It also has a high vitamin “A” content that can be used on the skin and may treat conditions such as acne and Lactic acid can help slough off dead skin cells.
These compounds may enhance immune function and insulin sensitivity. Human milk has the largest concentration of oligosaccharides and goat milk has the highest non-human source. The oligosaccharides are a unique carbohydrate that tends to escape digestion.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
You may have seen it listed as an ingredient in snack bars and supplements. While there’s still research to be done on the matter, some studies suggest that CLA may have positive effects on weight loss. The amount of CLA found in cows milk aren’t consistent, for example, grain-fed cows have much less CLA than grass-fed cows. However, goat milk typically provides 11.5mg per 100 grams, which is substantially higher than grain-fed cows. This is where most of the milk you buy comes from unless it specifies it’s from grass-fed cows.
All kinds of milk have lactose, human milk too, but there are varying amounts, depending on the animal. You can see in the chart below that cow milk has the highest lactose content, at 4.93%, whereas goat milk has the least, at 4.33%. This may not seem like much, but it can make the difference between being able to enjoy that froth in your coffee or having to hit the bathroom soon after.