Worldwide, people drink more goat milk than any other milk from a single animal. There are many reasons for this preference:
Health Benefits Versus Milk
- Goat milk is higher in Calcium and Lower in Cholesterol
- Richer in Vitamin A, potassium, phosphorus and niacin than cow’s milk.
- It containers more essential fatty acids in the Omega 6 series than cow milk. These fats become a quick source of energy and are not stored as body fat.
- Has 13% less lactose than cow’s milk and contains smaller fat and protein particles making it easier to digest.
- Great for prevention of heart disease since its fats reduce the total cholesterol levels and maintains adequate levels of triglycerides and transaminases.
- Goat calcium is highly bioavailable and favors improvement in bone formation parameters
- There is more zinc and selenium than cow milk which helps the immune system work properly and stimiulates the activity of over 100 enzymes within the body.
- It is one of the best sources of bioorganic sodium that aids in digestion and has 134% more potassium, 3 times more niacin and 4 times more copper than cows milk.
Good for People with Cow Milk Allergies
Goat milk contains less lactose than cow milk. In many cases, people with cow milk allergies have no trouble consuming goat milk. Unlike cow milk, goat milk does not contain agglutinin and as result of fat molecules does not cluster together making them easier to digest.
Great for Babies
Goat milk is also one of the best starter formulas for children. Both the fat and protein molecules in goat milk are smaller than those present in cow milk, making it easier to digest. It is also has many nutrients that make is similar to human milk.
Many people are choosing organic milk over conventional milk due to these reasons:
A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science showed that organic milk has different proportions of fatty acids including much higher levels (3-5 times more) of beneficial polyunsaturated fats such as conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) and some types of omega 3 fatty acids1.
Like us, cows benefit from fresh air and exercise. Organic cows have access to pasture when the weather permits. And they are fed a high proportion of forage in their all organic diet. Forage is a more natural food for cattle, and results in a healthier animal and healthier milk.
The milk is produced by our neighbours. In the case of organic milk in Alberta, these are hard working, dedicated neighbours bringing us the best possible product they can.
Organic production doesn’t add herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides to the land and therefore doesn’t contribute these chemicals to the pollution of air and water. It also doesn’t include genetically modified organisms, synthetic hormones or antibiotics. Supporting local organic is about keeping our environment clean.
The Alberta Dairy Association’s Organic milk program regulates the standards, and accredited agents carry out inspections and review documentation to ensure organic farms are meeting certification requirements.