So you say you can’t drink milk. It makes you gassy and bloated, maybe even gives you diarrhea. It could be lactose intolerance. Or a true milk allergy. Or maybe you have some kind of sensitivity to one of the proteins in milk. Regardless, milk is off the table and you’ve turned to soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk, which are all good substitutes. But have you considered goat’s milk?
Compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk has about 10 grams of fat per 8-oz. cup, and it can be a bit difficult to find low fat versions of goat’s milk. But unlike cow’s milk, the type of fatty acids found in goat’s milk are much easier to digest. The protein in goat’s milk forms a softer curd in your digestive system, making it easier to digest and passes through your system faster. This may be advantageous to infants who regurgitate cow’s milk. Goat’s milk contains just a trace amount of an allergic casein protein found in cow’s milk. Goat’s milk casein is more similar to human’s milk, which is likely why we see less allergic reactions to goat’s milk. Additionally, goat’s milk contains slightly less lactose (4.1 g vs 4.7 g) than cow’s milk, which may provide a slight advantage to lactose-intolerant people.
Goat’s milk contains 13% more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin. It is also four times higher in copper. Goat’s milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk. Cow’s milk contains much more folic acid than goat’s milk, so if you are looking to become pregnant and you are drinking goat’s milk, you should definitely be taking a prenatal vitamin to make sure you’re getting enough folic acid in your diet. Folic acid is most important in the very early weeks of pregnancy, usually when a woman has no idea she’s even pregnant, so take those prenatal vitamins if you’re trying to conceive.
Raising goats is much kinder to mother earth than raising cows. They take up less space, eat just about anything (they’re great brush-clearers), and produce less methane than cows. Did you know that two goats will produce enough quality fresh milk—with each doe averaging 3 quarts a day for 10 months—to feed your family all year?
You can find goat’s milk, goat’s cheese (a.k.s. Chevre), ice cream, and beauty products made from goats milk. Check out some of these websites for some more information on goat’s milk products.