Delicious with a slightly sweet
and sometimes salty undertone, goat's milk is
the milk of choice in most of the world. Although not
popular in the United States, it can be
found in markets and health foods stores throughout the year.
Unlike cow's milk there is no need to homogenize goat's milk. While the fat globules in cow's milk tend to separate to the surface, the globules in
goat's milk are much smaller and will remain suspended in solution. When individuals have sensitivity to cow's milk, goat's milk can sometimes be used as an alternative.
Goat's milk is a very good source of calcium and a good source of protein, phosphorous, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and potassium. Perhaps the greatest benefit of goat's milk, however, is that some people who cannot tolerate cow's milk are able to drink goat's milk without any problems. Allergy to cow's
milk has been found in many people with conditions such as recurrent ear infections, asthma, eczema, and even rheumatoid arthritis. Replacing cow's milk with goat's milk may help to reduce some of the symptoms of these conditions.
Goat's milk can sometimes even be used as a replacement for cow's milk-based infant
formulas for infants who have difficulties with dairy products. Unfortunately, goat's milk is lacking in several
nutrients that are necessary for growing infants, so parents interested in trying goat's milk instead of cow's milk-based formula for their infants should ask their pediatricians or other qualified
healthcare practitioners for recipes and ways
to add these important and vital nutrients. For
older children and adults, however, goat's milk
can be an excellent calcium-rich alternative to cow's
milk as, in addition to calcium, it contains many of
the same nutrients found in cow's milk.
A Good Source of Protein
Goat's milk is a good source of
low-cost high-quality protein, providing
8.7 grams of protein (17.4% of the daily value for
protein) in one cup versus cow's milk, which provides 8.1 grams or 16.3% of the DV for protein. The
structure of humans and animals is built on
protein. We rely on animal and vegetable protein for
our supply of amino acids, and then our bodies
rearrange the nitrogen to create the pattern of amino acids we require.
-World's Healthiest Foods
( www.whfoods.com )