So, I’ve recently taken to drinking Goat’s milk every morning for breakfast, and I am happy to report, that my lactose intolerant tummy, has been able to tolerate it.
I get a little bit of gas, but not too much. But this is a far cry from drinking cow’s milk which will have me immediately dashing for the toilet.
Here are some reasons why, I find Goat’s milk as nutritious, but so much easier to tolerate than Cow’s milk.
The reason lies in goat milk’s superior digestibility. Goat milk is more completely and easily absorbed than cow’s milk, leaving less undigested residue behind in the colon to quite literally ferment and cause the uncomfortable symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Goat’s milk also contains less lactose than Cow’s milk. It’s not completely devoid of lactose, but it has a reduced content. Now here’s probably the main reason I can take Goats milk. 1-in-10 people are allergic to the major protein of cow’s milk, alpha S1 casein protein. The symptoms are almost identical to those of lactose intolerance. Goat’s milk lacks this protein.
Another significant difference between cow’s milk and goat milk is found in the composition and structure of fat. The average size of goat milk fat globules is smaller than cow’s milk. These smaller sized fat globules provide a better dispersion and a more homogenous mixture of fat in the milk, another factor in making goat milk easier to digest.
Goat milk contains more of the essential fatty acids (linoleic and arachidonic acids) and a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids than cow’s milk. The fat in goat milk may be more readily digested and absorbed than cow milk because lipases attack ester linkages of such fatty acids more readily than those of longer chains.
Goat milk is also an excellent source of dietary calcium important in the prevention of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and other bone-related problems. For menopausal women, goat milk provides 13% more calcium than cow’s milk and can be consumed comfortably even by those women with milk sensitivity.
Goat milk is a natural milk that children like and can consume comfortably, even if they are sensitive to cow’s milk and/or soy milk. In addition to containing 13% more calcium than cow’s milk, goat milk is also higher in chloride, copper and manganese and contains 27% more of the essential nutrient selenium.