Goat Milk Health Benefits

I started drinking goat milk daily and began doing research about this milk since more than a decade ago. I learned interesting facts and would continue to share more.

 

Goat Milk is gaining popularity all over the world and is the popular choice besides cow milk. Goat milk is available all year round in retail stores and market. If you have not tried drinking goat milk, you may find that it taste strange, slightly sweet and at times salty undertone.

 

A2 casein – Goat milk can sometimes be consume as another option if individual or infant is allergy to cow milk. Goat milk mostly contains ‘A2 casein’ which makes it comparable to human breast milk in terms of protein. A2 casein does not cause any inflammatory diseases, like colitis. A study even states that when babies are fed with goat milk as the first protein after breast feeding, they are less allergic as when compared with cow’s milk feeding.

 

Reduce bad cholesterol – Goat milk decreases bad cholesterol and increases the level of good cholesterol in the human body. It has healing properties and just like olive oil, are effective in keeping high cholesterol under check.

 

Prevents arteriosclerosis – Goat milk helps to prevent arteriosclerosis. This is because it contains a limited amount of the enzyme, xanthine oxidase. This enzyme is believed to cause heart issues on entering the bloodstream. Goat milk contains this and very less quantity and hence can prevent arteriosclerosis

 

Medium-chain fatty acids – Goat milk also contains medium-chain fatty acids (30–35% in comparison to 15–20% in cow milk). These acids offer energy boosts and are not stored as fat in the body. These help to decrease cholesterol and treat tough conditions like coronary diseases.

 

Calcium  – Goat milk is a very good source of calcium. Hence, I suggest that you should drink raw goat milk because up to 50% of people who are lactose intolerant can easily digest goat milk, especially if it is raw. When you drinks raw goat milk, you can attain most benefits of this nutritious drink.

 

Calcium is also widely recognized for its role in maintaining the strength and density of bones. In a process known as bone mineralization, calcium and phosphorus join to form calcium phosphate. Calcium phosphate is a major component of the mineral complex (called hydroxyapatite) that gives structure and strength to bones.

 

Normally, you think of cow milk as the most healthy and calcium-rich food. But do not worry about calcium while you are switching to goat milk. A cup of goat milk supplies 32.6% of the daily value for calcium as compare to cow milk has 29.7% calcium.

 

In recent studies, goat milk calcium has shown to:

  • Reduce PMS symptoms during the the second half of the menstrual cycle
  • Help prevent the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help prevent recurrent migraine headaches
  • Help protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals

 

In fact, this mineral does more then just stronger bones and teeth. Calcium also plays vital role in many other vital physiological activities, including cell membrane function, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, regulation of enzyme activity, blood clotting and blood pressure regulation. Since these activities are essential to life, the body utilizes complex regulatory systems to tightly control the amount of calcium in the blood, so that sufficient calcium is always available. As a result, when dietary intake of calcium is too low to maintain adequate blood levels of calcium, calcium stores are drawn out of the bones to maintain normal blood concentrations.

 

Tryptophan – Goat milk contains high Tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the 20 standard amino acids, as well as an essential amino acid required in the human body.

 

Dairy Foods Better than Calcium Supplements for Growing Girls’ Bones

Based on recent studies,  young girls going through the rapid growth spurt of puberty, getting calcium from dairy products, such as goat milk, may be better for building bones and teeth than taking a calcium supplement.

 

Essential Nutrients – Goat milk is also a good source of protein, potassium, phosphorus and riboflavin, vitamin D, B-6 and vitamin B-12. Research has found some anti-inflammatory compounds (short-chain sugar molecules called oligosaccharides) to be present in goat milk. Oligosaccharides is know to make goat milk easier to digest, especially in the case of compromised intestinal function.

 

In recent studies, goat milk has also been shown to enhance the metabolism of both iron and copper, especially when there are problems with absorption of minerals in the digestive tract. These benefits and others are likely to play vital role in the tolerability of goat milk. As for older children and adults, besides an excellent calcium-rich which is widely recognized for its role in maintaining the strength and density of bones and teeth, goat milk may help to reduce some of the recurrent ear infections, asthma, eczema, and even rheumatoid arthritis. Goat milk can also prevent disease such as anemia.

 

Skin care Goat milk is also great for your skin because it is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins as well as high in lactic acid which helps exfoliate dead skin cells and soften your skin.

 

Lactose Intolerance – Goat milk, like cow milk, contains the milk sugar, lactose, and may produce adverse reactions in lactose-intolerant individuals. Goat milk is slightly lower in lactose than cow milk, with 4.1% milk solid as lactose versus 4.7% in cow milk, which may be an advantage in lactose-intolerant persons. Here, goat milk is a viable option for them.

 

The common symptoms of lactose intolerance are nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension, abdominal cramps and passing of flatus. The degree of symptoms depends on the amount of milk consumed specifically, the amount of lactose and the degree to which our body is deficient in lactase enzyme. Intolerance adverse reactions are not life-threatening but may result in life long discomfort.

 

I experienced vomiting after drinking milk. My first impression at that time was allergic to lactose . From my previous experience, now I must consider both milk allergy and lactose intolerance when adverse reactions like vomiting occurred because both milk allergy and lactose intolerance can exist simultaneously. A correct diagnosis must be made and properly followed up, as the treatment, dietary avoidance, is often very difficult and if incorrectly applied can lead to vitamin deficiencies or malnutrition.

 

In addition, we should not believe the myth that humans are never meant to digest cow milk or goat milk. And our bodies are meant to consume  mother’s milk for the first several months or years, and then move on to other foods. In fact, people only become lactose-intolerant as teens or adults, when the enzymes to digest any kind of milk stop being produced by the human digestive system.

 

So, let us not stop drinking goat milk daily, it’s good for your health.

 

What is Unpasteurized Goat Milk

Occasionally, I visit my family dairy goat farm to learn more and updated about the management of dairy goats, and the milking process.

 

This is a type of drink that can supply lots of nutrients and many values for health. Unpasteurized goat milk is milk that comes from grass-fed goats, is unpasteurized and unhomogenized. Meaning raw milk contains all of its natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals,  making it a complete food.

 

Most accusations and concerns over raw milk have been overstated. In fact, unpasteurized milk benefits are numerous and can help address a large number of nutritional deficiencies that millions of people are currently experiencing. For instance, raw milk benefits allergies and skin, all while containing beneficial nutrients without the processing dangers.

 

Folks have been drinking raw goat’s milk for centuries. In fact millions do around the globe on a daily basis. Raw milk is known to contain very rich fat and protein. Raw goat milk contains immunoglobulins, and the enzymes lipase and phosphatase and these are normally inactivated when pasteurizing milk. Also many beneficial bacteria, proteins and enzymes are also destroyed.

 

While unpasteurized milk cures or prevents disease but, many issues arise out of raw goat milk induced illness, one is animal husbandry and the other major one is dairy parlor cleanliness and sanitization regimes. Contamination can occur at the time of collection, processing, distribution or storage of milk. Hence, milking process – good hygiene practices and procedures,  plays a vital role in producing clean raw milk.

 

7 Amazing Raw Goat Milk Benefits:

 

1) Support Your Digestion – It takes approximately 30 minutes to digest raw goat milk while you need 2 hours to digest cow’s milk. This is because goat milk is low in fat globules. And, there are many short-chain fatty acids in raw goat milk that can support your stomach digest easier. Raw goat milk includes small amount of fat molecules and it is easier for people to assimilate. Fat molecules are like the factors that cause raw goat milk homogenized naturally. In addition, raw goat milk includes different protein structure to reduce allergy and support digestion. It is great if you add raw goat milk into your weight loss plan.

 

2) Have Alkalinity – Alkalinity is one of the most common raw goat milk benefits. Do you know about the mucous creation in your body when drinking raw goat milk? Raw goat milk is an alkaline forming food and help maintaining PH level in the body at the proper level. Additionally, raw goat milk is very helpful if you get some digestive problems such as acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach-related diseases.

 

3) Raw Goat Milk Is Less Allergic – While many people including kids and elderly people get allergy with cow milk, raw goat milk is relatively safe as it is less allergic. Reason being that raw goat milk does not include the complex protein, which encourages allergic reactions in your body when drinking milk. Though it does not mean that raw goat milk does not cause allergy, you could test before drinking it and the best way is to test if you are suitable with raw goat milk is by drinking a little.

 

4) Raw Goat Milk Has Healthy Fatty Acids – You probably have read or heard about lots of raw goat milk benefits. I would like to inform that raw goat milk includes two kinds of fatty acids; – capric acids and caprylic acids, which are very full of antimicrobial. They can fight bacteria and protect your health in some manners. Milk is nutritional food that affects well on human health. Especially, biochemical and physiological facts in raw goat milk are discovered and include both short and medium chain fatty acids that can help you prevent diseases and disorders, particularly for cardiovascular issues.

 

5) Provide Minerals and Vitamins – Providing vitamins and minerals are raw goat milk benefits that you could not forget whenever drinking it. This ingredient is high in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B including vitamin B6, vitamin B12. It is also full of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, zinc, etc. In fact, if raw goat milk is fresh, it will be healthy and beneficial for your health. However, you should not use raw goat milk as the formula for kids due to it is lacked of folic acid. Instead, you should supply folic acid through foods.

 

6) Retard Harmful Organism Growth – Fresh milk includes bioactive components, which can help you retard harmful organism growth and improve your health when you drinking it. Raw goat milk also contains the same bioactive component as the mother’s milk and you can believe to supply this kind of raw milk in your diet. Certainly, you must be sure to avoid allergy or check it by drinking a little before drinking more.

 

7) Raw Goat Milk Have Less Lactose – Lactose is a kind of sugar that derived from glucose and galactose that you can find in milk. Many people get lactose intolerance which is normally the result of lactase deficiency. Lactase is a kind of enzyme that is used to digest lactose. As the result, you cannot drink raw milk if you have lactose intolerance. However, you can drink raw goat milk because it is low in lactose and help you digest very easily without stomached. The Lactose content in cow milk is 4.7 % higher than lactose in goat milk which is 4.1%.

 

In conclusion: After reading this, I am confident that you will try drinking goats milk, Its affordability is more superior than cow milk, meaning that even if you are on a strict budget, switching to goats milk will not put you out of your pocket or fighting for your Christmas dollar.

 

 

 

What is Pasteurized Milk

 

Pasteurization extends milk’s shelf life and is also the only way that you can make milk from a goat with a chronic disease safe for feeding to kids.

 

Pasteurization is the sterilization of liquids such as goat milk as well as cheese, to destroy disease-causing and other undesirable bacteria.

 

How to Preserve Goat Milk

 

Pasteurizing goat milk kills unnecessary bacteria and extends the refrigerated life of your milk.

 

If you are raising and milking goats, and you want to keep your raw goat milk fresh and to pasteurize it,  follow the instructions below. It is an easy and simple process that any individuals  can master.

 

Double Boiler

  • Fill the bottom of your double boiler with a couple inches of water.
  • Pour your fresh goat milk into the inner pan.
  • Pour a few inches of cold water into your sink.
  • Heat the milk until it reaches 161 degrees F and hold it there for 30 seconds. Candy thermometers usually have handy clips on them so you can have it sitting in the milk the whole time.
  • Remove pan from heat and set the pan down inside your waiting sink of cold water to cool your pan and milk.
  • When the milk temperature is below 127 degrees F, replace the cooling water with ice water and continue to cool the milk, Stirling once every 30 seconds until the milk reaches 39 degree F or below.
  • Pour the milk into the clean milk jugs and store in the fridge below 39 degrees F.

 

In goat milk, after pasteurization, the harmless lactic acid bacteria survives, but if the goat milk is not kept cold, they multiply rapidly and cause it to turn sour. Hence, it is best store in the refrigerator.

 

And there are other three easy ways to do this:

 

Slow Cooker:  Simply heat milk on low until hot enough. This should take 2-4 hours, depending on crock size and milk volume.

 

Microwave: This method would kill pathogens if you topped 161 degrees F for the required 30 seconds. But it is difficult to judge temperature and hot spots in microwaved food, meaning your milk may burn or not all areas may reach safe levels.

 

Stovetop:  This method is quick and can be done in any pot that holds liquid. Caveats: it is easy to scorch milk if you don’t pay careful attention and stir often. If you use medium heat, you must pay close attention. If you use higher heat you could accidentally burn the milk.

 

Pros: Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to a high temperature for a short period and then rapid cooling, this kills off the various pathogens including Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses.

 

Cons: Pasteurization alters goat milk mineral components such as calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur as well as many trace minerals, making them less available. According to studies, pasteurization  destroys all the enzymes in goat milk. These enzymes help the body assimilate all bodybuilding factors, including calcium. That is why individuals who drink pasteurized goat milk may suffer, nevertheless, from osteoporosis. Lipase in raw milk helps the body digest and utilize butterfat. Butterfat has a cortisone-like factor which is heat sensitive that prevents stiffness in the joints. So, the choice is yours.

 

 


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About Milk, Goat

 

 

In the website, all the upcoming topic would be focusing on Goat Milk, including  Goat Milk Products and Homemade Goat Milk Recipes. I am not an expert but I began doing research and experimenting on goats milk related products. My ultimate result is to benefit ALL.

 

General Information

 

As we are aware, in recent years, goat milk is slowly getting popular all over the world. It is one of the most consumed milk drinks in the world thanks to its taste and health benefits. But in terms of availability, goats produce only 2% of the world milk supply.

 

The 1st. of June every year is a very special day when the whole world comes together to celebrate the goodness of milk and its importance as a global food source. Started by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2001, the recognition of the World Milk Day continues to grow as it is celebrated by more and more countries every year. Nothing compares to the goodness of milk. It is the best source for calcium and vitamin D – two nutrients essential for building strong bones and teeth. It is also rich in protein which is important for building and repairing body tissues. In fact, milk is regarded as one of the most nutritionally complete foods available on our planet and has been part of the human diet for thousands of years.

 

Although daily cows produce the greatest amount of world milk supply mostly from developed countries, more people drink the milk of goats than milk of any other single species on a world wide basis. Dairy goat farming is a vital sector of agricultural businesses in developed countries such as China, Australia, New Zealand, America, and developed countries of the Mediterranean region such as France, Italy, Spain and Greece. Production of goat milk and its product of cheeses and yogurt is also a valued part of the total dairy industry in developed countries, where it provides diversity to sophisticated consumer tastes, and support people with medical afflictions, like allergies and gastrointestinal disorders, who needs alternative dairy products.

 

However, production of goat milk is equally  important in countries of the developing world, where it provides basic nutrition and subsistence to the rural people, which are the majority of their populations. Home consumption of goat milk is important in the prevention of under nutrition and malnutrition, since milk is the superior source of calcium and protein, and to millions of rural poor people cow milk is not available or not affordable. Goat milk is cheaper because it does not require homogenization. A daily minimum supply of 1000 mg calcium per person is widely recommended, as is a minimum of 60 g protein from animal sources. Goat milk is full of nutrients, and contains carbohydrates, proteins, sugars and sodium etc. In addition also has minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. And contains vitamins, such as vitamin A, B and C.

 

Goats milk is also great for your skin because it is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins as well as high in lactic acid which helps exfoliate dead skin cells and soften your skin. Thus, goat milk serves in a general way four types of market around the world, such as (1) Home Consumption, (2) Specialty gourmet interests, (3) Medical needs, and (4) Skin Care Products.

 

Let us check the nutritional facts of goat milk below.

 

 

Nutritional facts:

Per 100 grams 69 Calories;  – Total Fat 4.1g, Sodium 50mg, Potassium 204mg, Total carbohydrates 4.5g, Protein 3.6g,

Vitamins and Minerals; Vitamin A 3 %, Calcium 0.13, Vitamin D 0.12, Vitamin C 2 %, Magnesium 3 %