FoodGoat milk: The overlooked superfood making a comeback

Goat milk: The overlooked superfood making a comeback

Here's why you should try goat's milk.
Here's why you should try goat's milk.
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4:22 PM EDT, July 9, 2024

Goat cheeses are gaining increasing popularity. They are often produced on small farms across various regions of different countries. Goat milk, however, remains overshadowed by these cheeses. Yet, it is a high-nutrient product, classified as functional food. Its rich composition and remarkable properties make it worth a try.

Although somewhat forgotten, goat milk has been an essential dietary component for centuries. Goats were among the first domesticated animals, and it is estimated that people have been drinking their milk for 10,000 years. Nowadays, goat milk is available even in discount stores, often in pasteurized form.

There are quite a few products

Pasteurized goat milk has a mild flavor and a fairly thick consistency. Its aroma is natural, and its taste can be described as salty-sweet. From this base, products such as the already mentioned cheeses, kefirs, and yogurts are made. Notably, it contains easily digestible whey proteins that enhance the absorption of calcium and magnesium and possess anti-cancer, anti-stress, and antibacterial properties. Goat milk has fewer casein proteins than cow milk, making it less allergenic.

More valuable than cow milk?

And what about calories? Goat milk provides a similar amount to cow milk (69-84 calories per 3.5 ounces compared to 65-88 calories found in 3.5 ounces of cow milk). It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, containing more vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and elements such as iron, zinc, and manganese than cow milk.

A few differences

When does it help? Goat milk positively affects the cardiovascular system and protects against coronary heart disease. It also supports proper nervous system function and promotes tooth mineralization. It has been proven that goat milk lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels. So, what is the fundamental difference between goat milk and cow milk? They differ in the qualitative composition of fat and protein. Goat milk proteins are digested much faster than cow milk proteins. Additionally, the fat derived from goat milk is more easily digested. Goat milk also contains less lactose than cow milk; however, it is unsuitable for people with lactose intolerance.

Its taste is..

Goat milk can replace cow milk and is worth trying in other forms, such as cheeses, yogurts, and even milk for coffee. Considering its nutritional value, it is beneficial to incorporate it into your diet. However, you may need to get used to its distinctive taste.

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