Spanish scientists in their research have been able to prove that goat milk is far more beneficial than cow milk. It helps people suffering from long-term iron deficiency, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and are allergic to cow’s milk.
According to them, the reasons goat milk is a healthier option for people are because:
- It has 13 percent more calcium compared to cow’s milk
- Goat milk promotes digestion and also balances digestion because it contains natural prebiotic
- People who are allergic to cow’s milk or have a high propensity for lactose intolerance often find goat’s milk safer for consumption.
- It has the natural components that help in reducing bad or LDL cholesterol, thus preventing heart diseases
- Goat’s milk aids in hemoglobin regeneration; hence those suffering from iron deficiency anemia can find the milk beneficial.
So what does goat’s milk have that makes it easily digestible and better than cow’s milk?
1. Protein & Fat
The fat content of goat and cow’s milk is similar, i.e., 3.5% for whole milk, 1.6% for semi-skimmed milk, and just about 0.1% for skimmed milk. However, the fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller in size, and the protein composition enables it to form softer curd. This helps in digesting it easily and with comfort compared to cow’s milk.
While protein is essential in developing, growing, and repairing the body, it is the same protein content, in particular Alpha-S1-Casin, that makes cow’s milk intolerant for people. Goat’s milk too has high-quality protein but has a lower level of Alpha-S1-Casin than cow’s milk. Due to this, it offers a good alternative to those who suffer from cow milk allergies.
3. Lower In Lactose
Typically compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk has a slightly lower lactose content. Lactose is the natural sugar found in dairy foods. People having the ability to tolerate lactose depends on individuals and their gut’s constitution. It has often been found that people with lactose sensitivity can consume goat’s milk without any issue while they cannot digest cow’s milk
4. Filled with Calcium
About 200ml of goat’s milk or its products can fulfil more than 100 percent of an adult’s requirement of daily calcium need. Compared to other food products, calcium found in milk and dairy is easily absorbed by the body. Proper intake of calcium helps in maintaining and developing the teeth and bones. In addition, it aids in the normal functioning of the muscle while helps with blood clotting during an injury and produces energy for the body.
5. Essential Minerals
About 200ml of goat’s milk delivers the following NRV:
- One quarter(180mg) of phosphorus helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth while aiding energy release from food naturally.
- You can meet your everyday iodine needs that help in producing thyroxine, the thyroid hormone that maintains healthy metabolism
- 17% (340mg) of potassium can be found, which is essential for functioning nerves and muscles normally and maintaining blood pressure.
- 38% of chloride can be found in 200ml of goat’s milk s there which helps the healthy digestion of food.
Goat’s milk has more non-digestible carbohydrates known as oligosaccharides than cow’s milk. The structure of the oligosaccharides in goat’s milk is similar to that found in human milk, and it acts as a prebiotic. Consuming goat’s milk thus aides the digestive tract and growth of good gut bacteria.
Goat milk, a choice for a healthy life!
Nutritionists and scientists have found goat’s milk to have a better impact on bodies than cow’s milk. So while people in Asia and Africa have been using it for centuries, the latest research has started making goat milk a popular choice in the Western world.