Goats milk holds many similarities to cows milk but there are also important differences that 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 be sharing with you the 3 differences between goats milk and cows milk and you will learn which is best to consume if you struggle with an allergy to dairy.
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 goats 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 milk 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 cows 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 that can be difficult to digest for most people.
When adults or children struggle with an allergy to intolerance of cows milk, it is often due to the proteins; in particular alpha-S1-casein. One of the reasons goats milk may be better tolerated by some people is because it has 89% less alpha S1 casein than cows milk, reducing the risk of allergies and dairy sensitivities.
Goats milk is not recommended in those with allergies to cow’s milk because goat’s milk is still animal milk. Therefore, if your baby or your child is suffering from reflux, vomiting, colic, rash, diarrhoea, constipation (the list goes on), a diet free from animal milk protein is required. If you need specialist milk please contact your GP, dietitian or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you as an adult are suffering with any IBS-like symptoms then you may want to consider your dairy intake too, including goats milk products.
3) Lower in lactose
Goats milk typically contains slightly less lactose than cows milk which may help to explain why some people with lactose intolerance (lactose intolerance is extremely rare in children so here I am referring to adults) are able to enjoy goats milk without any side effects. Though we must not be ignorant to the fact that it still is lactose from another animal! However, if it works it works…
If you have changed your child’s milk/diet from cow’s milk/products to goats milk products and have you haven’t seen a difference then I hope this blog post has helped you to understand that goats milk products still originate from an animal. Therefore, you may need to consider a complete dairy free/ goat milk free diet. If you need any help or support please reach out.
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