Delicious, with a slightly sweet and sometimes salty aftertaste, goat milk is the chosen favorite for a great many countries around the world.
Unlike cow's milk, goat milk does not need to be homogenized. In cow's milk, the drops of fat are released on the surface, while in goat's they dissolve. For anyone with a sensitivity toward cow's milk, goat's is one excellent alternative.
And even though we might think of goat milk as an alternative to cow's, in many parts of the world it's actually preferred. The majority of people have a false presupposition that it has the same obtrusive taste as goat's cheese but in fact, real quality goat milk has a supreme slightly sweet and sometimes salty taste.
Goats played a vital role in ancient times, as evidenced by discovered reliefs depicting goat hunting scenes. They were among the earliest animals humans domesticated and believed to be native to Iran.
Goat milk is exceptionally popular even today and still more widespread than cow milk.
Composition of Goat Milk
Goat milk is a very excellent source of calcium and the amino acid tryptophan. It's also a great source of proteins, phosphorous, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and potassium. For children and adults, goat milk makes a superb, calcium-rich alternative to cow's milk. Besides the calcium, it contains many of the nutrients found in cow milk.
2/5 cup goat milk contain 4.14 g fat, 3.5 g proteins and 4.4 g carbohydrates.
Choosing and Storing Goat Milk
- When buying goat milk, always check the expiration date on the container.
- Choose milk from the coldest part of the refrigerators in stores.
- The milk must always be stored in the fridge.
- Always close the opened milk carton tightly so that no other smells can get in and change its taste.
- Avoid storing it on the fridge door, since every time you open it you subject it to heat, leading to its eventual spoilage.
Benefits of Goat Milk
- It contains calcium - a mineral which is important for a wide range of things other than bone health.
Even though milk is best known for its abundance of calcium, which does indeed play a vital role in maintaining healthy bones, studies have shown that this mineral helps to:
- protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals.
- prevents bone loss, which may be the result of menopause or specific disorders, such as those caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
- prevent migraine attacks.
- lead to weight loss in overweight children and adults.
Dairy foods are better than food supplements containing calcium for strong bones in girls. A study done on girls going through puberty, whose bones are subjected to the stress of growth spurts, found that consumption of dairy foods was much more effective than food supplements containing calcium.
Consumption of calcium-rich dairy foods speeds up the burning of fat after meals. During a study of women of normal, healthy weight between ages 18-30, who were subjected to a diet either rich or poor in calcium, after 1 year it was proven that those who ate calcium-rich foods burned 20 times more fat in comparison to the rest.
Dairy foods protect against metabolic syndrome. By including milk or other dairy products in our healthy way of eating, we can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome by 62%.
Studies have shown that the calcium contained in dairy foods helps protect against breast cancer by up to 50%, and in women who have already gone through menopause by up to 74%.
Milk is a superior source of proteins and riboflavin, which provide us with energy.
The potassium helps maintain cardiovascular health. Goat milk helps protect us from high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Dangers of Goat Milk
Those suffering from lactose intolerance or milk allergies should not consume goat milk, due to the negative consequences which may result.