nutrition

My new best friend is a goat…

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Every once in a while I learn something about health, nutrition or fitness that makes me go “Waaaah! Why didn’t my mother/Internet/brain tell me this sooner!!”  Things like how you’re never supposed to microwave food in plastic containers… or that lifting light weights for a large number of reps is not going to give you lean muscles, only lifting really heavy weights for a small number or repetitions does that… Stuff like that.

In December I wrote in my old blog how I was totally sick of hormonal breakouts, especially considering my age, and a reader suggested that I try to give up dairy, as dairy is often full of hormones and that can cause skin problems.

I thought I had to give it a try even though I really do like a cold glass of milk once in a while (everything else I can live without – cheese, yoghurt, etc. – meh). So I tried coconut milk for a change. Not so good. I had already tried almond and oat milk. Not so good either. And soy milk I won’t try cause soy acts like estrogen in the body and my aim is to reduce extra hormones in my system.

As a last resort I bought some goat’s milk. This kind. Goat’s milk has the label of ‘dairy’ as well, but it does not have hormones like most cow’s milk does. I hadn’t tried goat’s milk before because for some reason I have always been certain that goat’s milk stinks.  I thought this time that maybe if I pinch my nose shut while I drink it I’ll be ok.

It actually turns out to be not very easy to drink with your nose pinched shut so I had to let go of the nostrils. When I could neither smell nor taste anything ‘goaty’ I had one of those Waaaah! moments – Why did no one tell me before that goat’s milk doesn’t actually stink???

Ugh. I’ve since found out that it doesn’t even stink when you make hot chocolate with it and I have a feeling it will not stink when I make the kids porridge with it tomorrow!  (I will totally do a little happy dance when that turns out to be the case!)

I’ve now read up on goats milk a bit and found that it’s actually really very good for you, much better than cow’s milk and not only because of the lack of hormones.  Goat’s milk is:

  • … better food for humans because its chemical structure is very similar to human milk.
  • … a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids.
  • … not mucus producing like cow’s milk.
  • … naturally homogenised (that means that because it has smaller fat globules than cow’s milk it’s never artificially homogenised and that is good news because homogenised cows milk is not very good for humans – it clogs up the arteries)
  • .. easier to digest because of these smaller fat globules and because of higher levels of medium chain fatty acids.
  • … contains 13% more calcium, 25% more vitamin B-6, 47% more vitamin A, 134% more potassium, 3 times more niacin, 4 times more copper, 27% more of selenium that cow’s milk (the only  things cow’s milk has more of are vitamin B-12 and folic acid).

So it turns out that it doesn’t stink, it doesn’t have hormones, it’s not homogenised, it has more nutrients and it’s roughly the same price as organic cow’s milk – I think I’m sold.  The next time I want a glass of milk, it’ll be from a goat.

Sources:
http://www.mtcapra.com/benefits-of-goat-milk-vs-cow-milk/
http://www.abundalife.com/goats-milk-the-amazing-benefits.html
http://www.ehow.co.uk/how-does_4621351_goats-milk-compare-cows-milk.html

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  • ingrid Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 12:31

    You are not supposed to microwave food in plastic containers? Why? That`s what all people do during their lunch break…

    • MrsB Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 16:43

      I used to do this too for years but now I know that all kinds of toxic substances in the plastic go straight into your food when you do that :|

  • Therese Friday, 11 January 2013 at 21:52

    When I was little, I couldn’t drink cows milk and mum gave me goat milk. I have been regaled with tales from the family about how they had suffer through the smell of goats milk in the house. So i was surprised to hear your discovery. Maybe Australian goats is more stinky than British goats milk??

    • MrsB Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 16:49

      Australia was probably a bit backwards back then and didn’t know how to bottle that stuff without it smelling goaty ;) Try it now, I swear it doesn’t smell!

  • Bari Thursday, 10 January 2013 at 23:19

    Huh – I don’t think I’ve ever seen goat’s milk in any of our grocery stores. I wonder if only the specialty/health-food stores carry it. Now, goat’s milk cheese is an entirely different story. I love that stuff and use it on my pizzas.
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    • MrsB Friday, 11 January 2013 at 12:10

      That’s a shame that regular stores don’t have alternatives to cow’s milk. Here in the UK the milk aisles all have different types of goat’s milk, plus almond, rice, oat and soy.