Goat's Milk Is A Healthy Alternative To Cow's Milk
Relatively new to the milk market, goat’s milk has been gaining some serious popularity in the western world, and for good reason. Goat’s milk offers an entirely different set of nutrients than cow’s milk and is molecularly closer to human’s milk, which means those unable to tolerate cow’s milk might fare well with that of a goat. In fact, Americans may be behind the times in adopting goat’s milk as over 72% of the milk used around the world comes from goats.
Fat: One of the most significant differences between cow and goats milk is the size of fat molecules. Goat’s milk has significantly smaller lipid molecules than cow’s milk, making it more digestible and homogenized (meaning there is no cream separation, as there is in cow’s milk). This also means that goat’s milk usually has a higher fat content, due to the difficult process involved in making low-fat versions. However, much of this “extra” fat is really, really good stuff. Goat’s milk is higher in essential fatty acids, which are important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. Another bonus of this type of fat? It keeps you full for longer making you less likely to overeat.
Protein: Milk is an excellent and easily digestible form of protein, which is one of the main reasons we love to drink so much of the white stuff. When comparing the protein content of cow’s milk and goat’s milk, goat’s milk has 8.7 grams of protein (17.4% of the daily value for protein) in one cup versus cow's milk, which provides 8.1 grams or 16.3% of the DV for protein.
Vitamins and Minerals: Goat and cows milk have very similar vitamin and mineral content, in terms of the actual elements present but each boasts different amounts of each nutritional benefits. Some of these naturally healing elements include calcium, bone-building phosphorus, memory-boosting vitamin B-12, and muscle-easing potassium. When we compare the levels of each of these minerals, one milk comes out slightly ahead…you guessed it, goat. A cup of goat's milk supplies 32.6% of the daily value for calcium along with 27.0% of the DV for phosphorus. In comparison, a cup of cow's milk provides 29.7% of the DV for calcium and 23.2% of the DV for phosphorus.
Cost and Availability: Every grocery store and gas station in America has milk. It is practically its own food group! However, tracking down this particular dairy item can be a bit tricky. Most health food stores carry it, and more and more “conventional” grocers are catching onto the American goat trend but often with a hefty price tag. A gallon of regular organic milk costs roughly $4.00-7.00. A gallon of goat’s milk will set you back $6.00 - 9.00. Ouch. However, in many states it is legal to purchase goat milk straight from the farm at an often reduced price. We suggest perusing your local craigslist pages or want ads for goat milk advertisements.
Score:Goat: 3, Cow: 1. Not even close! Goat’s milk reigns supreme in all facets of daily nutritional value. However, with a higher price than traditional cow’s milk, making the switch to goat’s milk may take some additional grocery budgeting. The good news is that as goat’s milk gains popularity, the price should decrease while the number of retailers increases. Until then, go for the goat if you can!