Goat Milk Benefits
A Nourishing TreatMany people prefer goat milk over cow milk – not only because they love the taste, but because it’s gentler on their stomachs. There are key nutritional differences between the two that lead many people to choose goat milk.
The average size of fat globules in goat milk is smaller than in cow milk and forms a smaller, softer curd in the stomach. Small, soft curds are more rapidly broken down by stomach enzymes, which makes goat milk more easily digestible.1
Approximately 7% of children in the U.S. have symptoms of cow milk allergy, which can be attributed to reactions to alpha S1 casein or whey proteins in milk. Depending on the breed, goat milk contains negligible levels of alpha S1 casein. Research studies suggest that 40% or more of patients allergic to cow milk tolerate goat milk well.1
Short & Medium Chain Fatty Acids
Goat milk contains significantly higher levels of short and medium-chain fatty acids than cow milk. Research suggests that these fatty acids are more rapidly digested, provide quick energy for the body, and are associated with a variety of other health benefits.1
Our goat milk yogurt and kefir are fermented with live and active cultures, resulting in hundreds of billions of probiotics per serving. Eating probiotic-rich foods like yogurt and kefir is an important strategy for overall health, according to Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN. Bacteria in our guts play a significant role in immune function, helping to protect us against disease and infection.3
1 Park, Young W. “Goat Milk—Chemistry and Nutrition.” Handbook of Non-Bovine Mammals, edited by Young W. Park and George F.W. Haenlein, Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
2 Nutrient content of milk varieties per 100g compiled from the USDA Nutrient Database
3 F. Purchiaroni, et al. “The role of intestinal microbiota and the immune system.” European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, Verduci Editore, 2013.