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Goat VS Cow's Milk: Which is better?

29/04/2018

 

 

There appears to be an increasing number of people having positive experiences from switching their baby’s diet from cow milk to goat milk. The latter seems to be helping with gastric problems in infants and children and is known to be used as an alternative remedy against cow milk sensitivities. But, why? How is goat milk superior to cow milk?

 

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SHORTER FATTY ACIDS

 

Milk indigestion is when milk is not processed properly by the child’s body and causes bloating of the stomach, vomiting, pain or discomfort and sometimes even diarrhoea. To counter these, the right milk choice is vital. While the fat content of both cow and goat milk is similar, their composition is different. Goat milk contains a higher proportion of short fatty acids as compared to cow milk which contains longer fatty acids. This makes it easier for the digestive system to break the fats down and use them.

 

 

SOFTER PROTEIN CLUMPS

 

The protein in goat milk contains higher levels of αlpha-S2 and more beta-casein. This contributes to the formation of softer protein clumps a.k.a. curds that can pass through the stomach quicker. This means higher speed of digestion which will help infants who are prone to milk regurgitation; the goat milk would have been digested before they even had the chance to push it back up! Only about 2 percent of goat milk protein forms curd compared to 10 percent of cow milk so they can be digested with lesser irritation.

 

 

RARELY CAUSES LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

 

All milk contains some levels of lactose, also known as ‘milk sugar’, and it’s common for some children, even some adults, to suffer from lactose intolerance. As goat milk contains less lactose than cow milk, coupled with the fact that it absorbs so much better, there’s not much undigested lactose left for any lactose related discomfort to take effect!

 

 

NATURALLY HOMOGENISED

 

When left on their own for a period of time, you’ll notice that goat milk will look exactly the same while cow milk would have separated into 2 parts; with its cream at the top and skim milk at the bottom.

To counter this natural separation, cow milk is put through a homogenisation process that breaks up fat so they stay suspended in the milk rather than separating out and floating to the top of the package. This process alters how molecules act in human bodies and is said to be a culprit in increasing chances of heart disease - we can’t take that risk with our babies! Lucky for us, goat milk contains molecules that allow them to be naturally homogenised, taking that risk completely out of the picture.

 

 

Photo source: indeksonline.net

 

 

With the above, the debate is over, the mystery is solved, and the battle is won! Goat milk is better.

 

 

Source credit

1. www.bubsaustralia.com

2. www.parenting.com

 

 

 

 

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