Marketing campaigns supporting the consumption of cow’s milk have led to it being most people’s first choice of animal milk. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best for our family’s health.
Goat’s milk is a power-packed, nutrient-rich animal milk that’s constantly overlooked by most of us here in Australia. There are a number of myths surrounding this cow’s milk alternative.
Let’s take a closer at them:
Myth 1: Goat milk tastes funny
Goat’s milk does taste a little different to cow’s milk. The smaller fat and protein molecules in goat’s milk mix harmoniously together (natural homogenisation), giving it a delicious and creamy taste.
Myth 2: Goats have a reputation for eating anything – is their milk safe?
Goats are extremely clean creatures and their small size allows farmers to pasture their herds in grassy fields rather than in lots like many grain-fed cows. Natural food will produce wonderfully clean, nutrient-dense, creamy animal milk. Chemical analysis of both milks has found that goat’s milk contains significantly less pathogenic bacteria than cow’s milk and requires less processing.
Myth 3: Most people drink cow’s milk so it must be the best.
While cow’s milk is the most widely consumed animal milk in western nations, goat’s milk is actually the most commonly consumed animal milk worldwide. Approximately 65% of the world’s population consumes goat’s milk products over cow’s milk. Research into the populations who consume goat’s milk cite a significantly lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints compared to groups who consume cow’s milk.
Myth 4: Goat milk is expensive and difficult to find
While goat milk products are a little more expensive, when you weigh up the significant health benefits, they’re worth every extra cent. Goat milk cheeses, yoghurts and kefirs can be found in most supermarkets, health food shops and delicatessens.
Myth 5: It’s still animal milk and will cause allergies
In many cases, children who are intolerant to cow’s milk will tolerate goat’s milk. Due to a chemical make-up close to human milk, which makes it easy to digest, many children thrive on goat milk’s.
Myth 6: Goat’s milk has less calcium than cow’s milk
Goat’s milk actually contains a higher amount of most minerals and vitamins including calcium.
Myth 7: Goat’s milk is heavily processed and contains added hormones
As goat farming sits on the fringes of big agriculture, the animals are generally free to roam, consuming foods natural to them. Thus, goat milk is not only more nutritious for you and your family, but also generally free of chemical contamination.
Myth 8: You can’t cook with goat’s milk
Goat milk is great for drinking, cooking and baking and can be used to make cheese, butter, ice cream, yoghurt, sweet treats (plus soap and other body products!). Products made with goat milk are smooth and creamy, delicious and nutritious.
About the author - Karena Tonkin
Karena's private Nutritional and Environmental Medicine practice in Brighton is dedicated to the integrative and holistic care and treatment of children and adults with chronic physical, mental and behavioural conditions.
Karena is a clinical nutritionist, presenter, educator and health coach working in private practice and within the corporate sector.