Sep 16, 2014

Moove over Cow Milk

When I started breastfeeding, Christian had a hard time digesting diary in my diet. To make for a happier baby, I was fine giving up yogurt and I had swapped my cow milk for almond and coconut milk long ago. But it was so hard to say adios to cheese and my daily dash of half & half in my coffee....

That is, until I was introduced to my new obsession... Goat milk.

I'm now a full on goat milk convert and I'm wondering why I never wanted to try it before. It's creamier and sweeter than cow milk, which makes it perfect for my morning cup of joe. It's no wonder that "65% of the milk consumption worldwide is from goat's milk."

But, why didn't goat milk bother Christian's tummy? Well, well, well.. Goat milk is my new obsession for SO many reasons...

  • Less Allergenic: The protein Alpha S1 Casein has proven to be highly allergenic. This protein is found in high levels in cow milk, which explains why dairy is the most common allergy for children under three. The levels of this protein are 89% less in goat milk than in cow milk. 
  • Naturally Homogenized: Did you know that cow milk will naturally separate with cream on top and skim on bottom? Probably not, because the cow milk from your local grocery store has gone through a process called homogenization (aka no more separation). This may make the cow milk look better, but this process releases a free radical into the milk. Free radicals = cancer...eek! On the other hand, goat milk is naturally homogenized (it doesn't separate) which means no free radicals. Pretty. big. deal. 
  • Easier to Digest: Goat milk has smaller fat globules and higher levels of medium chain fatty acids making it easier and faster to digest. 
  • Rarely Causes Lactose Intolerance: Even though goat milk contains only 10% less lactase than cow milk, many people who are lactose intolerant can drink goat milk but not cow milk.
  • Alkalizing: High levels of potassium cause goat milk to  react as an alkaline whereas cow milk reacts as acidic. An alkaline body is a heathy body where an acidic body is a breeding ground for disease.
Still with me? Here's the bottom line...

Goat milk is wayyyy better for you than cow milk. And did I mention it's delicious? Same goes for goat cheese and yogurt. At four months, Christian's digestive system can handle the cow milk in my diet, but now that I've gone goat, I ain't goin' back. It's time to MOOve over cow milk! 

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