Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients. This nutrient group includes foods recognized as sugars and starches. Carbohydrates are the most important and immediate source of energy for the body. The process of digestion convert carbohydrates into glucose, which is available as an immediate energy source by body cells, tissues and organs. Energy that is not used immediately is stored for future use.
Carbohydrates are classified as simple or complex, depending on their chemical structure. Simple carbohydrates include sugars found naturally in foods such as fruits, vegetables, milk, and milk products. Complex carbohydrates include whole grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes.
As they say, anything excessive is harmful to health. An overabundance of carbohydrates can easily lead to weight gain, as a small amount of carbohydrates rich food sources provides a sizeable supply of energy that the body can readily use. It would be good if you are an athlete but not if you have a desk job.
Carbohydrates in milk are in the form of lactose, also known as milk sugar. Lactose is the ingredient responsible for the slightly sweet taste of milk, and is made up of two sugars, known as galactose and glucose, making it a simple carbohydrate.
The exact difference in lactose content between goat milk and cow milk is hard to quantify because of the number of different analysis techniques used. However, it is widely accepted that goat milk is lower in lactose than cow milk. This lower lactose level has the most profound implications for individuals who are lactose intolerant.
Milk sugar, or Lactose in goat milk, provides a ready supply of energy, and together with the other nutrients in milk, makes goat milk a wise choice for a quick, energizing drink.