Historically, milk from a cow has been the go-to for people who enjoy the taste, want to meet their daily recommended dairy intake, and seek a reliable source of calcium and vitamins. As a result, goat milk has not gotten the attention that it deserves. There are many advantages to drinking goat milk in addition to its great taste and many have to do with overall improvements in health and well-being.
Below are some health benefits of drinking goat milk, and why they are superior to cow milk:
1. Drinking goat milk benefits overall health
Goat milk usually has 30 to 35% fatty acids in it compared to 15 to 20% found in cow milk. Fatty acids provide energy boosts and play other crucial roles in the body such as assisting in growth and development, brain function, and metabolic functions. Goat milk can play a vital role in balancing cholesterol levels which therefore aid in reducing the risk of heart disease. It also has higher levels of potassium that helps reduce blood pressure and it is calcium-rich at about 33% compared to 28% in cow milk which aids in building strong bones.
2. Less allergenic
People who are allergic to or intolerant of cow milk are unable to digest a protein called A1 casein. A1 is an inflammatory protein and is considered the root of gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and skin maladies such as acne and eczema. In addition to containing A1 casein, cow milk also contains 20 additional allergens that make it intolerable to consume for many people.
Goat milk does not contact the A1 casein protein, only A2 casein which does not cause inflammation that can lead to numerous health issues. The A2 casein found in goat milk makes it very comparable to human breast milk. For this reason it is common to give it to babies and toddlers who have shown signs of intolerance to cow milk.
3. Healthy skin
Not only can goat milk have a positive impact on internal health, it also has the benefit of affecting how you look. The fatty acids found in goat milk joined with triglycerides have the ability to moisturize your skin, causing it to feel smooth and appear much healthier. Lactic acid in the milk also helps your body get rid of dead skin cells and brightens your skin tone. The vitamin A protein can improve one’s complexion and help fight skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
4. High in nutrients
A major reason why people are able to sustain good overall health is the ability to meet daily nutrient requirements. Goat milk allows you to do exactly this. One glass of goat milk contains 35% of your daily calcium intake. It is also very rich in riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, which aids in producing energy and helps the body metabolize fats and protein. Goat milk contains vitamin B12 which is essential in preventing anemia and aids in the healthy development of nerve and blood cells.
5. Less respiratory problems
Whether or not cow milk produces more mucus that often leads to respiratory problems is up for debate, but it has been proven that it does make mucus naturally found in your body thicker, causing runny noses and triggering people to cough in an attempt to extract the fluid. Fat globules in cow milk are bigger and more prevalent which can explain the correlation between it and respiratory problems. Goat milk on the other hand has fat globules that are significantly smaller, providing less opportunity to coagulate and trigger runny noses and coughs.