Benefits of Goat’s Milk
Benefits Of Goat’s Milk
Cleopatra was said to have goat’s milk bath to maintain her smooth and flawless skin.
Goat’s milk is becoming more popular nowadays. This is mainly due to people’s awareness of its goodness and partly of its easy availability with an increase in the number of commercial suppliers. Goat’s milk is a good substitute for cow’s milk. For those who are intolerant to cow’s milk or soy milk, then the best option available is goat’s milk. In fact goat’s milk is more similar to human milk than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is more easily digestible than cow’s milk. For those who cannot tolerate too much lactose, goat’s milk may be more suitable as it contains less lactose.
Goat's Milk Is More Nutritious Than Cow's Milk
Goat’s milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk. Take a look at the figures below:
27% more antioxidant selenium
134% more potassium
13 % more calcium
350% more niacin
47% more vitamin A
25% more vitamin B-6
Goat’s milk also has higher contents of chloride, manganese and four times more copper than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk also contains ample amount of phosphorus, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), the amino acid tryptophan and of course the very important body-building nutrient, protein. In fact goat’s milk contains 2.3 times more protein than human milk, and 1.2 times more than cow’s milk.
The important mineral we usually associate with milk is of course calcium. That is why babies and growing children must drink milk. Calcium is essential for maintaining strength and density of bone structure. Growing children needs calcium to form strong bones. Young girls need sufficient calcium to help them through puberty, while older women need enough calcium to prevent problem of osteoporosis.
It should be cautioned that goat’s milk contains less than ten per cent of folic acid that cow’s milk has. Folic acid or vitamin B9 is essential for rapid cell division and growth, especially in children and pregnant mothers. We also need folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia. If goat's milk is to be used as a milk substitute for infants and growing children, it is important to ensure that the goat's milk has "supplemented” folic acid added to it.
Goat’s Milk Global Data
The 2008 FAO global data on goat’s milk gave the world production of goat’s milk at 15.2 million metric tons. Asia produced more than half of the world's volume at 8.89 million MT, of which India accounted for 4 million MT and Bangladesh, 2.16 million MT.
Goat’s milk is more popular in Asia than the west. However, China is not in the picture as most adult Chinese don't drink much milk. It is in India where goat's milk is most popular. One reason is that it is easier to keep goats than cows. Goats can survive in much smaller area and they feed on less grass than cows.
Types Of Goats Bred Commercially
Alpine goats originated from the French Alps. They are bred for their very good milking ability. They are very hardy and can adapt to any type of climatic condition.
Saanen goats are named after the Saanen valley in Switzerland. They are cream-coloured or white. Their milk has a lower butterfat content.
Toggenburg goats are also from Switzerland, named after the Toggenburg valley. As with the Saanen goats, their milk also has low butterfat content of 2-3 %. They are more suitable for cooler environment. They are the oldest known dairy breed of goats.
My Personal Opinion On Milk
I hate drinking milk. I can't stand the smell of milk in the cup. Ever since my mother weaned me from the bottle, I have avoided drinking milk. And that was about 60 years ago! In fact, milk is meant for babies and little children. Do you know, the adult Chinese never drink milk in ancient times, until the Caucasians introduced milk to them? For thousands of years, they lived healthily without drinking milk. By logic and statistics, how can we insist that milk is indispensable for strong bones and good health? To find out more, please read my article on "Milk Is Not Good For Me".