Goat’s Milk vs. Cow’s Milk
By Sarah Axtell, ND • April 1, 2012
We all know the numerous benefits of mama’s milk, such as protection against infections, prevention of allergies, and boosting your child’s intelligence to name a few. Ideally, children should be breastfed for 2 years. But at some point (preferably after 12 months), you will likely introduce dairy of the 4 legged variety. “Goat or cow?” you may ask yourself.
Definitely goat! Goats are raised in a more humane way with minimal to no exposure to antibiotics and hormones and they are typically grass-fed. Nutritionally, goat’s milk is superior to cow’s milk as well. Goats are smaller animals than cows and will provide for a more similar nutritional make-up to breast milk as compared to cow’s milk.
Goat’s milk contains a bit more fat than cow’s milk. Unlike cow’s milk, goat’s milk does not contain agglutin. As a result, the fat globules in goat’s milk does not clump together. This makes it easier to digest. The fatty acids found in goat’s milk are also kinder on the tummy.
When it comes to milk allergies, they are most often due to the protein casein, found in cow’s milk. Many children have allergies to casein, resulting in frequent ear infections, skin conditions, such as eczema, and upper respiratory symptoms, like excess mucus. Unlike cow’s milk, human and goat’s milk contain very little to no casein.
Goat’s milk contains less lactose than cow’s milk, which may be beneficial in those that are lactose-intolerant.
Goat’s milk contains more Calcium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Potassium, Niacin, and Selenium. However, it is lacking in the Folic Acid department. So goat’s milk is not a sufficient infant formula unless supplemented with folic acid.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.