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Why Goat Milk?

Goat Milk Benefits Are Superior to Cow Milk

Dr. Axe Credentials

Dr. Axe is a board certified doctor of natural medicine (DNM), earned his doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer College (DC), and is certified nutrition specialist (CNS) from the American College of Nutrition

If you’re a regular Dr. Axe reader, you might have noticed that, even though it’s one of the most

popular drinks out there, he is not a big advocate of cow milk. For example, is milk helping or

hurting your bones? Also, this dairy drink can be a challenge for our bodies to digest. For some

people, it’s even more inflammatory than gluten.

But He doesn’t stay away from milk altogether. In fact, goat milk is one of his favorites drinks. Read

on to learn why this drink is far superior than its cow counterpart.

Goat Milk Nutrition Will Surprise You

While it’s not very popular in the Western world, goat milk is actually one of the most widely

consumed milk drinks in the rest of the world and with good reason — it tastes great and it’s

chock-full of nutrients.

Just check out all that one glass of goat milk has to offer. (1)

Calories: 168

Saturated Fat: 6.5 grams / 33 percent DV*

Carbohydrates: 11 grams / 4 percent DV

Protein: 10.9 grams / 4 percent DV

Cholesterol: 27 milligrams / 9 percent DV

Sugars: 11 grams

Sodium: 12 milligrams / 5 percent DV

Minerals

Calcium: 327 milligrams / 33 percent DV

Phosphorous: 271 milligrams / 27 percent DV

Magnesium: 34.2 milligrams / 9 percent DV

Potassium: 498 milligrams / 14 percent DV

Copper: 0.1 milligrams / 6 percent DV

Zinc: 0.7 milligrams / 5 percent DV

Vitamins

Vitamin A: 483 IU / 10 percent DV

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.3 milligrams / 20 percent DV

Vitamin C: 3.2 milligrams / 5 percent DV

Vitamin D: 29.3 IU / 7 percent DV

*Recommended Daily Value

Goat Milk Benefits

1. It’s easier to digest.

While the fat content of cow and goat milk is similar, the fat globules in goat milk are smaller,

making it easier for your body to digest. (2) Once it reaches your stomach, the protein in goat

milk forms a softer curd than cow milk only about 2 percent of goat milk is curd, compared

to about 10 percent in cow milk helping your body digest it with less irritation than cow milk.

Goat milk is also lower in lactose, or milk sugars, than cow milk. Because many people aren’t

as lactose intolerant as they believe — or simply have trouble digesting cow milk and aren’t

actually allergic to lactose goat milk can be a viable option. (3)

2. It has fewer allergenic proteins and causes less inflammation.

Most people who are intolerant of cow milk are actually sensitive to one of the proteins found

in it, A1 casein, and lack the ability to digest A1. Additionally, cow milk is the number one

allergy among children and can persist throughout adulthood. That’s because it contains more

than 20 different allergens (including A1 casein) that can cause allergic reactions often

confused for seasonal allergy symptoms which can range from hives and runny noses to

abdominal cramping and colic in babies. (4, 5)

So what’s the big deal with A1 casein? This protein is highly inflammatory for some people, and

inflammation is at the root of most diseases. A1 casein can contribute to gastrointestinal

issues like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, leaky gut and colitis and some less obvious

problems, like acne, autoimmune diseases and skin issues like eczema. (6, 7, 8)

While there are some cows who don’t produce A1 casein, namely Jersey and Guernsey cows,

the majority of bovines in the U.S., Western Europe and Australia are Holstein and Fresian,

which are A1 casein producers.

On the contrary, milk that contains mostly or exclusively A2 casein produces none of these

inflammatory effects. Goat milk contains only A2 casein, making it, protein-wise, the closest

milk to human breast milk. (9) In fact, one study suggests that goat milk, when used as the first

protein after breastfeeding, is less allergenic for babies than cow milk. (10)

3. It’s high in calcium and fatty acids but low in cholesterol.

While cow milk is often touted as one of the main calcium-rich foods, there’s no need to worry

about not getting enough of calcium when switching to goat milk. It’s actually richer in the

mineral, with about 33 percent of the daily recommended value versus 28 percent in cow milk.

Goat milk also has high levels medium-chain fatty acids 3035 percent as opposed to 1520

percent in cow milk. These fatty acids provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat,

help lower cholesterol, and can even help treat conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal

disorders. (11, 12, 13)

But wait, there’s more! Goat milk helps increase “good” cholesterol levels while reducing the

bad ones. In fact, it’s got healing properties similar to olive oil and is recommended for keeping

high cholesterol in check. (14)

4. It keeps skin looking good.

The fatty acids and triglycerides found in goat milk not only keep your insides running smoothly,

but they help you look great on the outside, too. Their moisturizing qualities help keep skin

baby soft. Goat milk also has high levels of vitamin A, which can improve your complexion, fight

acne and improve overall skin health. In fact, it should be considered one of the home

remedies for acne. The lactic acid found in goat milk helps rid your body of dead skin cells and

brighten skin tone; no more pasty face! (15)

Because goat milk has a pH level similar to humans, it’s absorbed by the skin with less irritation

and helps keep bacteria at bay (goodbye, pimples!).

5. It absorbs nutrients and minerals better than cows’ milk.

Moo-ve over, cows. While goat and cow milk might rank similarly for mineral content, goat milk

might still be the winner.

That’s because early studies have found that nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and

phosphorous were more easily digested and used by the body in goat milk than cow milk.

Because of the bioavailability of these minerals, goat milk also looks promising for treatment of

nutritional deficiencies like anemia and bone demineralization. (16) In addition, it can help

address all-too-common iron deficiency and magnesium deficiency.

In fact, researchers suggest that goat milk should be consumed regularly by individuals with

malabsorption issues, anemia, osteoporosis or prolonged treatments with iron supplements.

Regularly consuming goat milk enhances the body’s ability to use iron and boosts regeneration

of hemoglobin, making it a safe and natural way to treat osteoporosis and combat anemia. Its

high levels of zinc and selenium also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases.

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Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk

So how does goat milk stack up against cow milk? Take a peek at our cheat sheet:

Goat Milk

Pros:

When you look at how your digestive system works, you can see how a gut problem like leaky

gut can so easily crop up. Fortunately, goat milk is easily digestible by the body, making it a

great option for those with gastrointestinal problems. Goat milk is also better tolerated by

those with lactose issues and doesn’t cause inflammation the way cow milk can. It’s also a great

option for children once they’ve moved past breastfeeding, as it contains fewer allergens than

cow milk.

Cons:

Because it’s not as common, goat milk can be substantially more expensive than cow milk,

causing sticker shock at the onset. Raw goat milk, the best for you, can be difficult to find

outside of health food stores and farmers markets. The taste and smell might not also be

pleasing to everyone, particularly those raised with cow milk.

Cow Milk

Pros:

Regular cow milk is cheap and can be found everywhere. If you manage to get your hands on

A2 casein cows’ milk from Jersey and Guernsey cows, you can enjoy many of the benefits

enjoyed by goat milk drinkers, an excellent option for those who just can’t get used to the taste

of goat milk.

For people who can’t give up their cow milk, I highly recommend raw milk over pasteurized

milk. The raw milk benefits include skin health, fewer allergies and weight loss.

Cons:

A2 cow milk is difficult to come by in many areas and usually has the price tag to prove it. And

whether it’s A1 or A2, cow milk is still more difficult for the body to digest, taking hours versus

about 30 minutes with goat milk. For those with cow milk allergies and this is a big group

this type of milk just isn’t an option.

If you have any gastrointestinal issues, leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome, you might want

to keep away from cow milk anyway. If you want to find out if you have such a problem, take

my leaky gut test to find out.

What’s the Right Type of Goat Milk for You?

If you’re ready to add goat milk to your family’s diet, you have several options. For the optimal

benefits, I recommend drinking raw goat milk. You can usually find this at your local farmers’

market or at health food stores. Similar to raw milk benefits from a cow, drinking raw goat milk

ensures you get the most benefits of this nutritious drink.

If raw goat milk isn’t available in your area, there are other options available, mainly in

fermented products. These increase good bacteria to keep you healthy and support nutrient

absorption in the gut. One of my favorite fermented products is kefir and kefir benefits are

pretty widespread, including helping leaky gut and boosting immunity.

Indeed, this milk drink can boost your body’s immunity against disease, build bone density,

protect against allergies and even improve lactose intolerance. Be sure to purchase goat milk

kefir to get goat’s great benefits, as cow and sheep versions are sold as well. Drink kefir solo or

add it to your favorite dishes that call for yogurt.

If liquid goat milk isn’t your thing, fermented goat milk yogurt might be a good substitute. The

probiotics benefits present in goat milk yogurt help support healthy digestion, lower your risk

of diabetes, support weight and fat loss, and reduce high blood pressure. Try it with fruit or

granola for a healthy breakfast or snack.

Soft, raw goat cheeses are also packed with probiotics and available in all 50 states. Spread it on

a cracker or nibble it solo to get all the health benefits in a tasty way.

Cooking With Goat Milk

Are you ready to take the goat milk plunge and incorporate it into your diet? If you’re nervous

about the flavor for drinking it straight, start with chilled goat milk, which has a less

pronounced “goaty” flavor.

When you’re ready to start using goat milk in your favorite recipes, there are few things to keep

in mind. Goat milk can essentially be used as a replacement for cow milk in any recipe.

However, when it’s heated or processed in any way, there is a distinct “goat” flavor. Those who

are long-time fans of the milk might not mind, but it could be a turnoff for newbies.

Goats’ milk is especially tasty in dessert recipes, as it gives your favorite sweets a creamy, meltin-

your-mouth texture. It’s also great in smoothies: combine your favorite fruits and leafy

greens, throw in a dash of goat milk and blend.

Looking for some recipes that use goats’ milk? Here are some that I enjoy:

Goats’ Milk Baby Formula: For moms having a difficult time breastfeeding, I’ve created an

alternative recipe that’s free of additives and full of nutrients.

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Rosemary Mac n’ Cheese: This pasta dish uses goat

milk butter and cheese for a creamy finish. Feel free to substitute brown rice pasta for

whole grain.

Cherry & Walnut Goat Ice Cream: This sweet treat is especially lovely on a warm summer

day. No need to include the whiskey for this to taste great!

Goats Milk Soap: This step-by-step tutorial is a great introduction to making homemade

soap using farm-fresh milk.

While each individual’s health needs will vary, I believe that goat milk and its related products

can help almost everyone who wants a drink that’s full of vitamins and nutrients and protects

instead of working against gut health and digestion. Give it a try soon!

About Dr. Axe

Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. Dr Axe also has a doctorate in chiropractic.  In 2008 he started Exodus Health Center, which grew to become one of the largest natural healthcare clinics in the world.

Dr. Axe has created one of the top 10 most visited natural health websites in the world at www.DrAxe.com which has over 2,000,000 monthly visitors, where the main topics include nutrition, natural medicine, fitness, healthy recipes, home remedies and trending health news.

 

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Dr. Axe has authored several books and programs, including The Real Food Diet Cookbook, The Secret Detox and Healing Leaky Gut. These books and programs combine the power of advanced nutrition with recipes, superfoods and cleansing to help people reach their optimum level of health, all in addition to his acclaimed natural health website.

As a syndicated radio show host with a popular podcast in the Dr. Axe Show, he interviews the world’s leading health experts and answers common health questions along with covering the latest natural health news. He’s also a highly sought after speaker and conference leader in communities, churches and businesses.

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Dr. Axe has been a regular writer for Beyond Organic and Garden of Life, two of the largest nutritional companies in the United States. In 2010 Dr. Axe was featured as one of Nashville Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful People.