The Benefits of Goat Milk
While goat milk seems like a quirky choice to some, it’s actually the most popular milk worldwide, and it has been for centuries. Goats produce a unique, healthy milk with a number of benefits for your body and for the environment. And goats are simply charming, fun-loving animals that are a joy to be around.
Goat milk is real dairy.
Dairy refers to milk produced by an animal, specifically a mammal such as goats, sheep, cows or even camels and water buffalo. All mammalian milk is considered dairy but there are differences in butterfat content, lactose, and protein. That is why some people that are allergic to cow dairy or lactose sensitive to cow dairy can use goat dairy successfully and enjoy the many goat dairy products available.
Goat milk is easy to digest.
While fresh goat milk and fresh cow milk have comparable flavor and nutrient content, goat milk has smaller size fat particles which produce a smaller and softer curd in the stomach. Small, soft curds are more rapidly broken down by stomach enzymes which make goat milk more easily digestible*. It is not uncommon for people who have trouble with cow milk to successfully switch to goat milk.
Goat milk has hypoallergenic value.
Casein is a natural protein that is found in all milk, and many people have difficulty with the Alpha S1 casein found in cow milk and are allergic to cow dairy. Studies have shown that goat milk is very low in Alpha S1 casein and primarily contains Alpha S2 casein. Research studies suggest 40% or more of patients allergic to cow milk can tolerate goat milk well.
Goat milk is naturally homogenized.
Unlike cow milk, goat milk does not separate if left to settle. Goat milk dairy is less processed because homogenization, the process of forcefully breaking up fat globules in milk to achieve emulsification, is not necessary.