5 Surprising Health Benefits of Goat’s Milk
We hope you are enjoying our new website and hope to do some more blogging to provide you, our customers with relevant information that may be helpful to you and your herd. This first one is a down and dirty introduction into some of the benefits of goat’s milk. We hope you enjoy!
Did you know, when it comes to the kind of milk Americans put in their glasses, the preference leans toward cow’s milk and plant-based milk substitutes? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average consumer drinks an estimated 18 gallons of cow’s milk per year. Just because cow’s milk currently holds influence with consumers does not mean it is the best option available.
Goat milk is a healthy alternative to traditional cow’s milk. Americans tend to treat goat milk and goat milk products like an exotic luxury in their diets rather than a staple. Or as a foreign substance that shouldn’t be consumed at all! So many people have tried our goat’s milk and been shocked that it tastes just like the milk they are used to drinking. There are many reasons why goat’s milk should be your go-to dairy product if your overall health and well-being are top priorities. Here are five of the most surprising health benefits associated with consuming goat’s milk.
Goat’s milk is easy to digest
Roughly 36 percent of Americans suffer from lactose intolerance, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lactose is the natural sugar in cow’s milk. While goat’s milk is not lactose-free, it is lower in overall lactose. It also has another advantage over cow’s milk. The fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller than those in cow’s milk. When exposed to stomach acid, these globules form a soft curd, making it easier to digest. For these two reasons, goat milk may be a better choice for individuals who are lactose intolerant.
Goat’s milk is your skin’s best friend
When it comes to goat milk, the good news just keeps coming. Chock full of fatty acids, goat milk does wonders for your skin. Fatty acids are an essential part of your skin barrier. Goat milk also contains ample levels of lactic acid, which are handy for ridding your face of dead skin cells that can make it look dull and lifeless. The even better news is the fact that goat milk’s pH level is like the human pH level. This means it is more easily absorbed by the skin without unpleasant irritation.
Goat’s milk has amazing healing properties
Did you know that goat’s milk is high in zinc and selenium? Not to mention it contains 33 percent of your recommended daily allowance for calcium. When we consume goat milk, our bodies also are better able to absorb iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. That is not the case with cow milk. As if that was not the most amazing news, there is more. Research supports the notion that goat milk carries some of the same healing properties as olive oil and can even boost the regeneration of hemoglobin to protect against osteoporosis.
Goat’s milk is low in cholesterol
Goat milk is quite the superfood. In addition to its amazing healing properties, it also has high concentrations of medium-chain fatty acids. If you are wondering why this is exciting, it is because medium-chain fatty acids are not stored in our bodies as fat. As a bonus, they provide a bit of an energy boost. Additional perks include their link to heart disease prevention and their ability to lower cholesterol.
Goat’s milk has fewer allergens
Cow milk is known to contain up to 20 different allergens. Milk allergy is one of the most common allergies in children. It sometimes carries over into adulthood. Abdominal cramping, inflammation, hives, and other intestinal issues crop up whenever someone is allergic to cow milk. Goat milk is missing many of the proteins that cause lactose intolerance. Cow milk contains A1 Beta-Casein, which is the protein to which most people are allergic. Goat milk, like Jersey cow milk, is an A2 casein. It is most similar to human breast milk, which is why most people can drink it without issue. I went off all cow milk dairy for 14 months while nursing our 4th child but could still enjoy our goat’s milk without issue, what a blessing that was!
Goat milking at home
Goat milk is worth adding to your diet, but it can be difficult to find in mainstream stores. Most people who consume goat milk buy it from local farms or have their own goat for milking. If you want to take the plunge into milking your own goats, I suggest finding a breeder nearby that can mentor you as you get started. You will always want more than one goat as they get lonely by themselves. You will have to decide if you want to buy kids and raise and breed them or buy a pregnant doe or buy a doe in milk. A doe must have babies in order to produce milk. There are also many options as to different breeds. We will share what works best for our home milk production in future blogs.
Goat milking is not difficult when you use a goat milking machine like our Simple Pulse Basic Milking System. It makes goat milking at home a breeze. We have instructional videos available to help guide you on the proper way to use a goat milking machine.
The bottom line on goat milk
Goat milk may not be your top choice, but it should get serious consideration. The abundance of nutrients coupled with its other benefits makes consuming goat milk a no-brainer. Now I’m going to go enjoy a glass of ice-cold goats milk!