GOAT’S or cow’s milk? It’s such a controversial subject and people are passionate about their own views. I am not at all trying to persuade anyone one way or another.
Goat’s or cow’s milk? It’s such a controversial subject and people are passionate about their own views.
I am not at all trying to persuade anyone one way or another.
However, I cannot get away from the fact that many of my client’s health issues seem to improve when you remove dairy from their diet.
It’s a simple fact that some people become more congested as a result of consuming dairy, but for others it has no noticeable effect at all. Of course, there is the question of where you get your calcium from etc, and I believe that is a valid question.
In my opinion, it’s possible to get your mineral needs from vegetables, especially dark green leafy veg such as spinach, kale, watercress etc.
Milk still remains one of the most common daily drinks, but is it interesting to note that it may also be the reason why many people experience gas, bloating, and other forms of indigestion.
When you consider the average cow is given growth hormones, antibiotics, GMO feed, vaccinations, and exposed to toxic conditions, it is no wonder that many humans experience some side effect.
So is goat’s milk a healthier alternative? Goats produce about two per cent of the global milk supply; people who consume goat’s milk cite a lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints.
What are the benefits of goat’s milk?
1. Reaction to inflammation some research suggests that one of the main benefits of goat’s milk is that it doesn’t cause inflammation.
That’s a big reason why it is easier for people with bowel inflammation to drink goat’s milk, instead of cow’s milk.
2. Environmentally friendlyGoats require less space and eat less food than cows. Six goats can exist on the same acreage required for two cows.
3. Supports metabolismAccording to some studies, goat’s milk has an increased ability to metabolize iron and copper, especially among individuals with digestion and absorption limitations.
Besides drinking goat’s milk, you can also take digestive enzymes to support digestion.
4. Bio availabilityA main benefit of goat’s milk is how closely it resembles human breast milk. Because it has a chemical composition that is much closer to human milk than cow’s milk, it is easier to digest and assimilate in the human body.
5. “Smaller” fatSmaller fat? Does that mean it has less fat? Not necessarily, it means that the size of the fat molecules in goat’s milk are much smaller than those found in cow’s milk. This makes goat’s milk easier to digest.
6. High in fatty acidsWhile cow’s milk is about 17 per cent fatty acids, goat’s milk averages 35 per cent fatty acids, making it more nutritionally wholesome. In fact, up to 50 per cent of people who experience lactose intolerance to cow’s milk find that they can easily digest goat’s milk.
7. Rich in calciumMany people worry that they need to drink cow’s milk to meet their calcium requirements and support bone health. Goat’s milk is high in calcium and the amino acid tryptophan.
8. Anti-mucousalCow’s milk is linked to allergies and excess mucous, goat’s milk is not. Cow’s milk is high in fat, which may increase mucous build-up. Moreover, the fat globules in goat’s milk are one-ninth the size of those in cow’s milk; it’s another possible reason why it does not produce irritation in the gut.
9. Ultra-nourishingIn Naturopathic medicine, goats are referred to as bioorganic sodium animals. They are associated with vigor, flexibility, and vitality. Bioorganic sodium is an important element for supporting joint health. Traditionally, goat’s milk has been used to nourish and rejuvenate an overtaxed nervous system. Goat’s milk is also extremely nutrient dense. It has almost 35 per cent of your daily calcium requirements in one cup. One cup of goat’s milk provides 20 per cent of the daily requirement of riboflavin and it’s a good source of phosphorous, vitamin B-12, protein, and potassium. In fact, Gandhi himself rejuvenated his own health after fasting by drinking raw goat’s milk.
10. Less toxic than cow’s milkWhereas most cow’s milk contains bovine growth hormones and bovine somatotropin, a hormone that artificially increases milk production, goats are rarely given these substances. Because of its use on the fringes of big agriculture, goat’s milk is more nutritious and less toxic.
11. May boost immune systemGoat’s milk contains selenium, an essential trace mineral that supports the immune system.These are just a few of the many health benefits of goat’s milk. Not only does it provide complete nutrition, but it has fewer additives than cow’s milk. The healthy choice is obvious. You can also find goat’s butter and cheese as a health alternative.
Just try it and see if it makes a difference to your health.