Goat’s milk holds many similarities to cow’s milk but there are also important differences which may explain why some people believe goats milk is healthier for you and why some people find goats milk easier to digest.
In this blog post I will share with you the 3 components you must know about goat’s milk and I’ll reveal which milk I believe is superior…..
1) Easily digestible fats
Whilst the fat content of goats’ milk is similar to cows’ milk (3.6% for whole, 1.6% for semi-skimmed and almost zero for skimmed), the fat molecules are naturally much smaller in size which may make goats milk easier to digest. This may explain why goat’s milk enables faster breakdown in the digestive system. Additionally, goats’ milk contains something called medium chain fatty acids. These facts are soft and easy for the body to digest.
2) Less proteins that may cause allergy
The protein in animal and human milk can be divided into two main components:
Casein and Whey
Though one can split milk into two components I must make one thing very clear; The individual proteins that make up human milk and animal are non-comparable. One cannot compare a donkey with an elephant or a human with a hamster. We are all unique and milk is species specific. This is not science, this is a fact.
Human milk contains the above protein in a ratio of 40:60 respectively; while in cow’s milk the ratio of casein to whey proteins is 80:20. Given that the amount of total protein in animal milk is more than double that of human milk, animal milk clearly contains considerably more casein than human milk. It is the high casein content in animal milk which can be difficult to digest for most people.
The protein in goat’s milk is slightly lower than in cow’s milk with more alpha-S2 casein and less alpha S1 casein. People’s intolerance of cows’ milk is often due to the proteins; in particular alpha-S1-casein. One of the reasons goat’s milk may be better tolerated by some people is because of the lower content of alpha-S2 casein (goat’s milk contains about 89% less alpha-S2 casein than cow’s milk!).
Goat’s milk is not recommended in those with allergy to cow’s milk because goat’s milk is still animal milk! Therefore, if your baby or your child is suffering with reflux, vomiting, colic, rash, diarrhoea, constipation (the list goes on) one must not provide milk that comes from an animal. If you yourself as an adult are suffering with any IBS like symptoms then you may want to consider your dairy intake too, including goat’s milk products.
3) Lower in lactose
Goats’ milk typically contains slightly less lactose than cows’ milk. This, together with goats’ milks’ easier digestibility, may help to explain why some people with lactose intolerance are able to enjoy goats’ milk without any side effects. Though we must not be ignorant to the fact that it still is lactose form another animal! However, if it works it works…
So who is the winner? Which one is superior? Cows’ or goats’ milk.
In my opinion it’s none.
Both are milk from an animal. One thing I know for sure is that one size doesn’t suit all. Therefore it’s for you to judge which milk is ‘superior’. However, if you are suffering with any of the symptoms I mentioned above then you may be wasting your time swapping and switching from animal to animal milk. What you may need is something totally different. Particular if your baby or child is suffering or if you yourself are suffering with so- called IBS like symptoms.
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Please note that this information neither is medical advice, nor is it meant to replace the advice of your doctor or dietitian and I assume no liability for the use or misuse of this information.