Are you allergic to milk? Would you prefer animal milk to “substitutes”… almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk etc..? If so… you should try goat’s milk. The majority of milk consumed in this world comes from goats, approximately 65% of milk consumption (4). Yet, many of my friends are surprised to hear that goat’s milk is available at your local Whole Foods. They also have deli cheese slices and butter, for all your non “cow dairy” needs. Cow’s milk might be all-the-rage in America, but even if you think your stomach “can stand it,” you might want to switch over to goat’s milk. Here is some information below.
In the United States the number one allergy for children 3-years-old and under is cow’s milk, affecting approximately 500,000 to 1.5 million children every year (1). Goat’s milk is less allergic due to its levels of Alpha s1 Casein, a protein allergen. The protein is present in goat’s milk, but it has 89% less Alpha s1 Casein than cow’s milk, making it less allergenic (2). A study has shown that 93% of infants thrived on goat milk (2). Twenty allergen proteins are found in cow’s milk that are not recognized by the human body (3).
If you want your cow’s milk homogenized, it’s dangerous. Cow’s milk homogenization breaks the cell wall of the fat globule in milk. Once broken, “… it releases a superoxide (free radical) known as Xanthine Oxidase. Now free radicals cause a host of problems in the body not the least of which is DNA mutations which often leads to cancer! Thus, the benefit of natural homogenization comes into clear view. Goat’s milk has smaller fat globules and does not contain agglutinin which allows it to stay naturally homogenized thus eliminating the dangers associated with homogenization,” Dr. Thomas Cooke, Doctor of Osteopathy.
easier to digest
The smaller fat globules in goat’s milk, compared to cow’s milk, allows for easier digestion.
Lactose intolerance is very common. Goat’s milk contains less lactose than cow’s milk, only about 10% less. Yet, many who suffer from lactose intolerance flourish digesting goat’s milk.
enough said… ahhhh
I’m switching to goat’s milk, it sounds like you should too!
(1) Lara-Villoslada F, Olivares M, Jiménez J, Boza J, Xaus J. Goat Milk Is Less Immunogenic than Cow Milk in a Murine Model of Atopy. J Ped Gastroenterol Nutrition: October 2004; 39 (4):354-360.
(2) Freund G. Use of goat milk for infant feeding: experimental work at Créteil (France). Proceeding of the meeting Intérêts nutritionnel et diététique du lait de chèvre. Niort, France: INRA, 1996:119–21.
(3) El-Agamy EI. The challenge of cow milk protein allergy. Small Ruminant Research. March 2007;68(1):64-72.
(4) “Benefits of Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk.” Mt Capra. N.p., 20 Aug. 2010. Web. 30 Dec. 2015. <http://www.mtcapra.com/benefits-of-goat-milk-vs-cow-milk/>.
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