“Milk Is For All”

 

As a complete food, milk is the sole food for infants and an important source of nutrients for children. However, when we hit adulthood, milk is often left out in our daily meals. More often then not, milk becomes an add-on to more adult beverages like tea or coffee. Contrary to what most people think, the fact is milk can play a role in contributing to your nutritional well-being, no matter how old you are and what lifestyle you subscribe to. To assume our bodies only required milk at the growing stages is wrong and this is a perception that needs to be addressed.

 

For Kids – Early childhood is a tremendous growth period across all areas of development. During this time, the body undergoes changes, both physically and mentally, Typically, the average child’s height doubles, and quadruplets in weight. To promote, encourage and sustain the growth, as well as to keep illnesses at bay, a growing child will required to be provided with all the essential nutrients.

Beyond just building a healthy body, it is also every parent’s concern whether their children are getting the right amount of nutrients to develop a healthy mind. Milk is an essential food source for toddlers, and young children, as it provides energy and nutrients for growth and brain development. Drinking milk at an early age also helps cultivate healthy habits as he or she will be more likely to continue drinking milk as teen and an adult.

 

For Teens – Boys and girls in this age group have high calcium needs that they cannot make up for later years in life. Calcium is a mineral that gives strength to our bones. It is also necessary for many of our body’s functions, including nerve, muscle and hormonal function. Unfortunately, peer pressure, the need to fit in and be popular amongst their peers often makes it ‘uncool’ to be seen sipping on a pack of milk.

During the teenage years, particularly from ages 11 to 15, your child’s bones are developing quickly and are storing calcium. Nearly half of all bones are formed during these years. It is therefore important that your teen gets plenty of calcium in his or her diet to prevent brittle bones later in life. Children and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18 should aim for 1,000 milligrams per day, which is about 3 servings of goat milk or other high-calcium food. This amount is almost twice as much as the amount required by younger children.

 

For Adults – In our adult years, calcium and dairy products play major roles in bone maintenance and may help with the prevention of chronic diseases. According to an extensive five year study on over 1,500 young adults, researchers reported that the subjects actually reduced their intake of calcium and dairy products as they enter their twenties. Since peak bone mass is not achieved until the third decade of life, it is crucial that young adults continue to consume adequate amounts of calcium, protein and vitamin D found in dairy products to support health and prevent osteoporosis later in life.

 

For individuals with a hectic lifestyle and irregular meals, goat milk can be a good supplement for sustenance. The fact is milk is a wholesome food, providing energy and all the essential nutrients. After a tiresome and exhausting day at work, drinking a warm glass of goat milk before sleep can help you relax and soothe your nerves.

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The following  are all your question about milk answered:

 

Milk is important for kids, but what about adults?

As I had mentioned earlier in my previous updates that Milk is important for your nutritional well-being, no matter how old you are and what lifestyle you lead. Milk as the richest source of calcium that can be readily absorbed, as well as other important nutrients, milk should always be considered as part of one’s daily diet across all ages. For toddlers and young children, milk is essential as it provides energy and nutrients for growth and development. During the teenage years kids need plenty of calcium as bones are developing quickly, while adults need calcium and dairy products for bone maintenance.

 

Can drinking milk give you more energy?

Not known to many, milk contains the same amount of energy as an energy drink. This is derived mostly from carbohydrate in the form of lactose. Besides providing energy for replenishment, the high protein content in milk contributes to the building and repair of muscles, therefore, improving muscle protein balance in active individuals.

 

Is is true that milk makes you fat?

An average glass of whole milk contains around 10 grams of fats, and goat milk  does not contain agglutinin. As a result, the fat globules in goat milk do not cluster together, making them easier to digest. And if you consume 2 – 3 servings of milk and other dairy products everyday as recommended by nutritionists, there is no need to avoid milk in order to stay in shape. In fact, no particular food product can make one fat. Instead, it is the total calorie intake a day that counts, whereby, if you consume more calories than you burn, weight gain will result.

 

How can milk last without the addition of preservatives?

To improve its shelf life without preservatives, milk is heat treated in various processing techniques that also kill harmful bacteria. The result is different types of milk like UHT, Pasteurized, Sterilized or Powdered Milk that can be stored for longer periods if left unopened.

 

What is the difference between UHT, Pasteurized, Sterilized Milk and Milk Powder?

The difference is in the way that it is processed, yet delivering all the same goodness of milk. How you choose depends on your preference for convenience, taste or storage choices.

UHT (Ultra High Temperature) is a process that uses temperatures no lower than 135° C to kill all bacteria in milk. This allows an unopened pack to be kept for as long as 10 months.

Pasteurized milk is processed at temperature not lower than 73° C for at least 30 seconds, followed by rapid cooling at which temperature it is stored. In goat milk, after pasteurization, it kills the pathogenic bacteria – those that make you sick, the harmless lactic acid bacteria survives, but if the goat milk is not kept cold, they multiply rapidly and cause it to turn sour. So it has to be kept refrigerated at all times – even if left unopened and its shelf life is short – approximately 4 weeks.

On the other hand, Sterilized Milk is treated with temperature of more than 100° C, and since it is packaged in bottles, additional treatment is required to ensure the sterile condition of the product. If unopened, sterilized milk can be kept for 8 months at room temperature.

Powdered Milk is manufactured by evaporating milk to dryness so that it can sustain a longer shelf life than liquid milk. It does not need to be refrigerated, due to its low moisture content.

 

How do I choose between Whole milk, Low fat milk and Skimmed milk?

The fat in milk is necessary for the body to develop hormones, structural components of cells and act as a transporter for vitamins. And since an average glass of whole milk contains  around 10 grams of fats, there is no real need to opt for milk with lower fat content to stay in shape. But for those who wish to limit their fat intake, they can choose skimmed milk where nearly all the fat has been removed or low fat milk which has a fat content of 1 – 2%. Generally, whole milk contains at least 3.25% of milk fat.

 

There is an inherent belief that chilled milk in the morning causes phlegm, how true is this?

Many people confuse the temporary, slight thickening of saliva after drinking milk with mucus. In actual fact, there is no scientific research that shows milk produces mucus in the airways or the throat.

 

Is goat milk Heaty?

No, it is not heaty! Goat milk contains good nutrients which helps to enhance growth, increase immune function and maintain bone density.

 

Is it suitable for kids who is lactose intolerant?

All milk from mammalian species contain lactose. However, sometimes cow milk protein intolerance (CMPI) is misdiagnosed as lactose intolerance. In cases of CMPI, Goat milk is an effective alternative.

 

What is CMPA?

Cow milk protein allergy (CMPA) is a reaction to cow’s milk that results from a hypersensitive immune response to one or more milk proteins. CMPA is the most common food allergy that affects babies and kids. Most kids outgrow the allergy when they reach adolescence.

CMPA shows up in a variety of forms. The sign can come on suddenly or over a period of hours to days after ingesting the milk. Symptoms of CMPA includes Respiratory Complaints; coughing and wheezing, Skin Reactions; rashes, eczema and hives, and Digestive Problems; vomiting, diarrhea, and colic. Most kids with CMPA may have more than one symptom. However, all theses symptoms are not specific to CMPA only because they are also symptoms of other medical problems. Therefore, if you suspect that your kid is allergic to cow’s milk protein, please do consult your physician immediately.

In cases of CMPA, Goat milk is a good alternative.

 

What is Goat Milk Colostrum?

Colostrum or first milk is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of human, goat, cow and other mammals  in late pregnancy. Most species will generate colostrum within one day of giving birth.

 

Benefits of Colostrum:

Newborn babies have very small digestive systems, and human colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. It has a mild laxative effect, encouraging the passing of the baby’s first stool, which is called meconium. This clears excess bilirubin, a waste product of dead red blood cells which is produced in large quantities at birth due to blood volume reduction, from the infant’s body and helps prevent jaundice.

Chemically, human colostrum is very rich in proteins, vitamin A, and sodium chloride, but contains lower amounts of carbohydrates, lipids, and potassium than normal milk. The most pertinent bioactive components in colostrum are growth factors and antimicrobial factors. The antibodies in colostrum provide passive immunity while growth factors stimulate the development of the gut. They are passed to the neonate and provide the first protection against pathogens. The passive immunity from the mother gets transferred to the newborn.

Goat Milk Colostrum is unique because it is closest to human milk. Before the development of antibiotics, colostrum was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight infections. Now interest is once again returning to natural alternatives to antibiotics, namely, colostrum. Study showed protective effects against influenza. Colostrum also has antioxidant components, such as lactotransferrin and hemopexin, which binds free heme in the body.

Goat milk colostrum also promote muscle growth, helps build bone, nerve tissue, connective tissue, skin collagen and epithelial growth factors to slow the aging process. Some athletes have used colostrum supplementation in an attempt to improve their performance, decrease recovery time, and prevent sickness during peak performance levels.

 

Tips on getting kids to drink goat milk

Here are ways parents and caregivers can use to ensure their kids get the required amount of goat milk each day.  It is not always easy to encourage kids to drink goat milk, but it is good for them. Therefore, try turning plain goat milk into flavored milk to get kids to drink more milk. It has the same ingredients as plain goat milk. If your kids do not like plain goat milk try the other alternatives listed below.

 

  1. Serve goat milk chilled, the way kids like it. Pour it right before serving and promptly return the container to the refrigerator so the goat milk maintains its flavor.
  2. Be a role model. When children see you drink goat milk, they are more likely to drink it, too
  3. Serve goat milk at meals. Set expectations ahead of time that goat milk is the beverage of choice at meal times.
  4. Serve flavored goat milk at home like the addition of fruits juice, coffee or tea. Kids love it, and gramme for gramme it has the same nutrients as unflavored milk. Coffee and tea flavored milk has gained substantial popularity among adults. The most common and equally popular practice is the addition of milk in coffee or tea.
  5. Stock the fridge with single-serve containers of goat milk that can be packed easily for when they have outings or go to school.
  6. Serve goat milk in special glasses and with a straw. Let older kids use mix-ins to create a new milk flavor.
  7. Let children use a straw to drink the goat milk left in the bowl after finishing their cereal.
  8. Order Goat Milk  or low-fat flavored milk in kid-friendly, single-serve containers instead of soda when eating out.
  9. Remind children to drink milk with school lunch. Studies show that when children drink milk at lunch, they have higher intakes of several critical nutrients, including calcium, zinc and vitamin A.
  10. Pack a milk carton along with their food for school recess.
  11. Heat the goat milk. If your kids are having trouble sleeping, make them a cup of hot milk. People say a glass of warm milk will help anyone sleep, so pour out a cup of milk and either put it in the microwave for a minute or heat it in a saucepan on your stove.

 

With the increasing awareness on good health, many people are switching over to goat milk and coffee-flavoured goat milk. The calcium, casein and phosphorous in goat milk may protect teeth against cavities.

 

Now that you have all your question about milk answered, go ahead and spread the goodness of goat milk!

 

 

 

 

 

Goat Cheese Recipe With Unpasteurized Milk – DIY

I have been experimenting exclusive Homemade recipes using unpasteurized goat milk, and the results are astonishing –  more suggestions and followers on social media platforms.

 

Simple Soft Cheese.

This is an easy  handmade  recipe that only requires half  gallon raw goat milk, the strained juice of 2 medium lemons, a thermometer capable of the 180-200°F range, some “cheesecloth” (many cotton cloths will work for straining), and some coarse salt,  like kosher or sea salt.

*Take note – This recipe will not work well with pasteurized milk.

Directions:

  • Heat milk on medium heat (in a stainless steel pot) to 185°F
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice
  • Stir for several minutes until milk has curdled
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of coarse salt (optional)
  • Pour milk through cheesecloth
  • Wrap curds in cheesecloth and hang (using a rubber band works well) in the refrigerator to drain
  • Drain for 4-8 hours, depending on how dry you want the curds
  • Scrape curds off cloth into bowl and stir

That is all there is to it! You can use on toast, in salads, with pancakes or whatever you wish. Experiment using herbs (added at the end when you stir the cheese). For larger curds, heat the milk well into the 190’s before curdling. Experiment with curdling temperature and drying time to get the cheese that meets your needs. Happy experimenting !

 

 

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 %