As we continue to become more health conscious, many of us are beginning to turn our back on cow milk and search for alternatives. If you’re thinking of going dairy free, you might want to consider switching to goat milk. Goat milk is nutritionally closest to cow milk than other alternatives and yet it has certain physical properties that set it apart, which may impact on digestibility and health. Many people who perceive they have issues with cows milk can drink goat milk without any problems and even the symptoms such as eczema, bloated stomach, constipation and digestive discomfort will reduce.
It’s not completely free of lactose, the sugar found in cow milk, but the lactose content in goat milk is lower! But while it might not be a option for those with an intolerance to lactose, having less lactose does make the milk easier to digest for those who find that cow milk upsets their stomach. Another reason goat milk is easier on the gut is that the fat globules are smaller. Once it reaches your stomach, the protein in it forms a softer curd, helping your body digest it with less irritation than cow milk.
GOOD FOR SKIN
The fatty acids in goat milk care for your inside and outside too. These possess moisturizing qualities that keep your skin soft and the high levels of vitamin A improves overall skin health and fights acne. Goat milk also has a similar pH level to humans, meaning that it can be absorbed by the skin with less irritation. There’s also plenty of lactic acid which will get rid of dead skin cells and brighten your complexion.
HIGH IN CALCIUM AND MINERALS
Though we always reach for the cow milk to try and up our calcium intake, goat’s milk wins with around 33% of your recommended daily allowance of the mineral. Cow milk only has around 28%. Iron, magnesium and phosphorous are better absorbed in goat milk.
BOOST HEALING PROPERTIES
Goat milk has similar healing properties to olive oil and regular consumption is recommended as a home remedy for magnesium deficiency and eczema. It also boosts the regeneration of hemoglobin, which can be beneficial for those with osteoporosis. The high levels of zinc and selenium can also help prevent diseases like Parkinson’s.
GOOD FOR CHOLESTEROL
Goat milk is high in medium 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!