Goat Milk Benefits Beats Cow Milk
By Jenn Rintjema
* Goat’s milk is less allergenic *
Milk allergies are reactions to a protein allergen known as Alpha s1 Casein, which is found in high levels in cow’s milk. The levels of Alpha s1 Casein in goat’s milk are about 85% less than cow’s milk, making it a far less allergenic food. Cow’s milk contains more than 20 different allergens that can cause allergic reactions, including inflammation (affecting everything from IBS and leaky gut, to acne and autoimmune diseases). Protein-wise, goat’s milk is the closest milk to human breast milk. Studies suggest that goat milk, when used as the first protein after breastfeeding, is less allergenic for babies than cow milk.
* Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized *
Goat’s milk has smaller fat globules and does not contain agglutinin, a compound found in cow’s milk that causes the milk to separate into two layers-cream and the skim milk. With smaller fat globules and no agglutinin, the goat’s milk stays naturally homogenized (mixed), making it easier to digest. Goat milk is lower in lactose, or milk sugars, than cow’s milk.
* Goat’s milk is easier to digest *
When goat’s milk proteins denature (clump together) in the stomach, they form a much softer bolus (curd) than the bolus formed by cow’s milk. This allows the body to digest the protein more easily and completely. In addition, goat’s milk contains higher levels of medium-chain fatty acids than cow’s milk, which also make it far easier to digest. These fatty acids provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat, help lower cholesterol and can even help treat conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal disorders.
* Goat’s milk is an alkaline food *
The higher potassium content of goat’s milk creates an alkaline effect within the body, instead of acidifying reaction created by cow’s milk. Maintaining an alkaline pH environment has significant health benefits by improving the body’s cellular ability to absorb nutrients and efficiently remove waste.
* Goat’s milk contains extra vitamins and fatty acids *
Compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains higher amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium and the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and arachidonic acid. With high levels of vitamin A, it can improve your complexion, fight acne and improve overall skin health. Goat’s milk also contains more calcium than cow’s milk, and provides comparable amount of all the other vitamins and minerals except for folic acid and vitamin B12. These two vitamins can be easily added to goat’s milk if needed.
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