A week ago I hadn't thought about trying to incorporate goats' milk into my family's diet, let alone blogging about it. But then my mom's friend Katie, who knows a LOT about natural eating and living, dropped off a big jar of it so I felt the need to research its benefits, and of course try it.
It has a very similar taste to cows’ milk, but somehow it tasted cleaner. That may sound strange, but it was the word that both my husband and I came up with separately. I love the taste of cows’ milk but my family stopped drinking it about 4 years ago after I read the book The China Study. (This book has research to support that the higher the dairy consumption, the higher the risk of many diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes).
My daughter doesn’t care for any kind of milk, but my son, my husband and I all loved the goat’s milk. When I researched its benefits I was pleasantly surprised. Here’s a quick rundown of what I found:
- rich in calcium
- easier to digest than cows’ milk
- not mucous-producing (unlike cows’ milk)
- soothes the digestive tract
- may boost the immune system
- contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids used by the body easily
- according to the Journal of American Medicine, “goats’ milk is the most complete food known"
- since it is raw, it has not gone through the processes of pasteurization or homogenization which destroy valuable nutrients and enzymes in milk (cow or goat)
I’m not sure why so few of us know the benefits of goats’ milk. It could be due to the heavy influence of big dairy companies on government-led food policies (you can read more on that in The China Study), or it may be because there are not many goats’ milk providers. This is a new topic for me, but if you're interested, I'll let you know what I find as I do more research. In the meantime, I'm off to look for a raw goats’ milk provider nearby!