What's so good about Goat's Milk
It may be a surprise to most that goat's milk has been used by humans for various produce far longer than cow's milk. In fact, studies have found that humans have been using goat and sheep milk in European countries over 7,500 years ago, between the central Balkans and Central Europe.
While cow dairies soon followed, goat and sheep dairies are far older.
Research provides evidence that the direct protein of cattle, sheep, and goat whey has been consumed by human populations for at least 5,000 years. This corroborates previous isotopic evidence for milk fats identified on pottery and cooking utensils in early farming communities.
Here's are a breakdown of benefits, and reasons you should consider goat's milk:
Digestion. Goat's milk is not completely free of lactose, the sugar found in cow's milk, but the lactose content in goat's milk is far lower.
While it might not be a viable option for those with an intolerance to lactose, having less does make the milk a lot easier to digest for those who find other milks upset their stomach.
Another reason goat's milk is easier to digest and easier on the gut is that the fat globules are smaller. Once in your stomach, the protein in goat's milk forms a softer curd, which is easier to digest.
Skin Care: The fatty acids in goat's milk can care for your insides as well as your outside. These fatty acid's posses moisturising qualities the keep you skin soft, while the high levels of vitamin A help improve overall skin health and fights acne.
Goat's milk has a similar pH level to humans, which mean it can be absorbed by the skin with less irritation while keeping bacteria at bay.
There's also a lot of lactic acid which will help get rid of dead skin cells, making your complexion brighter
It’s high in calcium and other minerals: Though we may long have reached for the cow’s milk to try and up our calcium intake, goat’s milk wins this one with around 33% of your recommended daily allowance of the mineral.
Cow’s milk meanwhile, only has around 28%.
Iron, magnesium and phosphorous are better absorbed in goat’s milk.
It boasts healing properties: Goat’s milk has been found to have similar healing properties to olive oil and regular consumption is recommended as a home remedy for anaemia, magnesium deficiency, eczema and acne.
It also boosts the regeneration of haemoglobin, which can be beneficial for those with osteoporosis.
The high levels of zinc and selenium can also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.
It contains fewer allergens: Cow’s milk contains 20 different allergens. It is the most common allergy among children and can persist into adulthood.
These can cause allergic reactions including inflammation, hives, abdominal cramps, and colic in babies.
Goat’s milk doesn’t contain the protein responsible for much of these reactions.
Instead it contains A2 casein, which does not cause inflammation and makes goat’s milk the closest milk to human breast milk.
It’s good for your cholesterol: Goat’s milk is high in medium-chain fatty acids.
This is important because these are not stored as body fat and provide an energy boost.
They are linked to the prevention of heart disease and the treatment of many intestinal conditions while lowering your cholesterol and increasing levels of good cholesterol.