Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk

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    May 24, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
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    Goat milk and cow milk are some of the healthiest beverages that are available today. But which one is better for you? Here is some information about goat milk and cow milk to help you decide which one to include in your diet.

    Digestion

    If you have a sensitive stomach then chances are that you find it difficult to digest cow's milk. This means that goat's milk may be a better choice for you. Goat's milk is much more digestible than cow's milk. For one thing, the size of the fat molecules found in goat's milk are only a fraction of the size of the fat globules found in cow's milk. This means that the fat molecules in goat's milk are broken down easily. Another reason why goat's milk is better for digestion is the fact that goat's milk contains a higher amount of medium chain triglycerides or MCT's. MCT's assist in speeding up your metabolism and can also help lower your cholesterol levels.

    Lactose Intolerance And Allergies

    If you are lactose intolerant and unable to drink cow's milk then there is a 50% chance that you will be able to tolerate goat's milk. Goat's milk contains less lactose than cow's milk. Goat's milk is also recommended if you are allergic to cow's milk. Your allergy is likely caused by a certain protein found in cow milk called alpha S1 casein protein. Both human milk and goat milk lacks this protein.

    Nutritional Content

    The fact that goat's milk is more similar to human breast milk than any other food already proves how nutritious it is. One of its advantages over cow milk is its vitamin A content. Even though cow milk also contains vitamin A, it is often in the form of carotenoids. Carotenoids need to be converted by your body before they can become vitamin A. When you drink goat milk, the vitamin A is readily formed so it can be immediately absorbed by the body. This is an important benefit especially if you have a health condition that prevents your body from converting carotenoids to vitamin A.

    Goat milk also has a higher content of riboflavin than cow milk. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is an important vitamin which helps in the metabolism of other minerals such as proteins and carbohydrates. It also strengthens your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies. Surprisingly, goat milk also contains more protein and calcium than cow milk.

    Biorganic Sodium

    Aside from being nutritionally superior to cow milk, goat milk is also one of the best sources of biorganic sodium. This mineral assists in the production of important enzymes in the stomach. Therefore, lack of biorganic sodium can lead to digestive problems, bloating and even ulcers. Unfortunately, today's modern diet is full of foods that can deplete your body of the necessary biorganic sodium. If you regularly consume processed foods, alcohol, soda, sweets and other junk food, then you should make sure that your biorganic sodium intake compensates for these unhealthy choices. Making goat milk a regular part of your diet is one of the easiest ways you can do this.
  • calibro

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    May 24, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
    they're not really that super healthy... we're the only animal that drinks milk after we've been weaned off of it
  • wesv

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    May 24, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    Ehh it's very debatable. Some say dairy is bad and others say its good. Someone even told me that there's invisible blood in cow milk. Someone else said there are microscopic organisms that are good for you. The arguments go on and on.
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    May 24, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    calibro saidthey're not really that super healthy... we're the only animal that drinks milk after we've been weaned off of it


    True, lactose tolerance is actually highest among those of European ancestry likely due to historical reliance on dairy as a primary part of the diet. Many Asian and African populations with little history of consuming dairy have a near 100% incidence of lactose intolerance.
  • Sportsfan1

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    May 24, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
    I used to drink goat's milk almost exclusively but now it is very hard to purchase it fresh. Any suggestions?
  • metatextual

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    May 24, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    Sportsfan1 saidI used to drink goat's milk almost exclusively but now it is very hard to purchase it fresh. Any suggestions?


    You could try purchasing goat cheese instead?
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    May 24, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    This thread intrigues me. The men in my family have a history of lactose intolerance. And though I love milk and its byproducts, I've begun to develop some intolerance myself in recent years.

    So what does goat milk taste like? An unpleasant acquired taste or what? Where do I find it? Is it super expensive compared to cow's milk? I can't recall seeing it in any supermarket. I'd be willing to try it.
  • unicoman1

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    May 24, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
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    just other suggestions
  • metatextual

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    May 24, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said...

    So what does goat milk taste like? An unpleasant acquired taste or what? Where do I find it? Is it super expensive compared to cow's milk? I can't recall seeing it in any supermarket. I'd be willing to try it.


    Kind've grassy and more bitter than cow's milk, I find.
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    May 24, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    Goat cheese taste better than cow cheese also. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 24, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    Goat milk taste like grass but it is expensive to buy half gallon....
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    May 24, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
    I agree with the guy from earlier. Neither is particularly "healthy" for you. Now if you want to talk about an interesting alternative try out coconut milk. I think you would like it.
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    May 30, 2013 2:34 PM GMT
    metatextual said
    ART_DECO said...

    So what does goat milk taste like? An unpleasant acquired taste or what? Where do I find it? Is it super expensive compared to cow's milk? I can't recall seeing it in any supermarket. I'd be willing to try it.


    Kind've grassy and more bitter than cow's milk, I find.


    Not true. The only time fresh milk is bitter is if there is a health problem with the cow or goat or if they ate something undesirable such as onions or garlic. Fresh goat's milk is richer than cow's milk and naturally sweeter. Anyone near us is welcome to try fresh goat milk.