Nutritional Value of Goat’s Milk
Though the West consumes cow’s milk (and suffers the attendant inflammatory issues), much of the rest of the world consumes goat’s milk for its tremendously rich nutritional values.
A single glass of goat’s milk contains:
• 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
• 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
• 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
*DV = Recommended Daily value
5 Stunning Health Benefits of Drinking Goat’s Milk
Inflammation is probably the root cause of much of a human’s illnesses and pains. So, whereas cow milk causes inflammation, goat’s milk reduces it. And, for those who are intolerant of cow’s milk, goat’s milk presents no problems. There are over 20 allergens in cow’s milk, such as A1 casein, which itself is a protein that contributes to digestive orders like IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, leaky gut, and eczema.
Goat’s milk, on the other hand, contains the protein A2 casein, which has no similar negative effects. In many ways, it’s the closest thing to a mother’s breast milk.
2. It Encourages a Healthy Immune and Digestive System
One of the things that makes goat’s milk a great anti-inflammatory also helps it support a healthy immune system. Goat’s milk contains the very powerful anti-inflammatory molecules called oligosaccharides, which function as probiotics for the gastrointestines. Benefits of these include:
• Stopping inflammation-causing bacteria from remaining in the stomach (causing digestive issues).
• Lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol and increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.
• Lowering triglycerides.
• Improving glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
• Boosting and improving the immune system.
• Promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria – vital for a healthy immune and digestive system.
Because goat’s milk is lower in lactose (milk sugars), it’s easier for lactose intolerant people to digest than cow’s milk. Furthermore, its short-chain fatty acids are much more easily metabolized in the digestive system.
A University of Granada study conducted on colitis-suffering rats found that goat’s milk reduced the symptoms, leading the scientists to conclude that raw goat’s milk may offer promise as a healing agent for inflammatory bowel disease.
3. It Helps Prevent Cancer
Fresh cow’s milk naturally separates when left in the fridge overnight, thanks to a compound called agglutinin. Homogenization is used to stop this separation, which unfortunately breaks the fat globule’s cell walls, releasing a free radical called xanthine oxidase. Free radicals can cause many unwanted health issues, such as the DNA mutations that lead to cancer.
What’s more, cow’s milk can contain rather too many artificial hormones, antibiotics, vaccinations, and other cancer-causing toxins.
When it comes to goat’s milk, the news could hardly be better. Since its fat globules are smaller and do not contain agglutinin, no homogenization is needed, meaning there are no free radicals. Goats are also less likely to have had the number of jabs which dairy cows in mass-milking operations are subject to, meaning their produce can be expected to be safer.
4. It Has a Higher Rate of Nutrient Absorption
The molecular and chemical compound of goat’s milk is very much like that of a mother’s breast milk. For that reason, it’s easily digested and assimilated within the human body. And while cow’s milk often leads to excess mucus and asthma in young children, anti-inflammatory goat’s milk can reverse this situation.
Because goat’s milk has a higher rate of absorption, its rich nutritional values are more easily digestible. Drinking goat’s milk can then go a long way to treating diseases which are directly caused by deficiencies. Improving your nutritional intake can lead to:
• High quality blood forming
• Stronger teeth and bone health
• Better eye health
• Better skin, nail, and hair health
• Prevention of neuro-degenerative diseases
• Reduction of muscle and joint pain
• Improved heart health
The higher rate of bio-availability with regards to goat’s milk means your bones can absorb more magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. When you compare this with cow’s milk’s notorious track record of causing osteoporosis, the best choice of milk when it comes to your bones is clear.
Cow’s milk contains less potassium, which can lead to an overly acidic reaction in the body. Goat’s milk, on the other hand, contains high levels of alkaline-forming potassium. Having a balanced alkaline pH level is very important for your body’s ability to prevent diseases.
Where Can I Get Goat’s Milk?
The healthiest way to consume goat’s milk is raw. If you can’t get easy access to raw goat’s milk, try flash pasteurized goat’s milk from your local retailer. Also, stick to full-cream, which has gone through less processing than skimmed and low-fat versions. Goat’s milk powder is also recommended, as is delicious goat’s cheese.
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