Why Goats’ Milk
Goats’ milk: the gentle & nutritious alternative
Goats’ milk has a number of unique characteristics that make it a gentle and nutritious alternative. The most important are its easy digestibility, its high level of important nutrients and its deliciously mild taste.
Naturally easy to digest
Goats’ milk has a unique fat and protein composition, which makes it naturally easy to digest. The smaller fat globules and relatively high amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids found in goats’ milk are relatively easy for the body to break down. In addition the low amount of αs1-casein protein in goats’ milk helps to form a softer curd in the stomach, which passes through the digestive system more gently.
High levels of important nutrients
Goats’ milk contains high levels of important nutrients, including vitamins (A, D, B1, B2 and B12), minerals (calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and iodine), proteins and fatty acids. It also naturally contains a high concentration of nucleotides, which help to support the immune system and cell growth. Due to its ease of digestion, the body can break down and absorb these nutrients in an efficient way.
Deliciously mild taste
One of the most underestimated advantages of goats’ milk is its great taste. Goats’ milk has a distinctive mild taste, which is different from other types of milk. Consumers that have tried goats’ milk often describe the taste of goats’ milk as being mild, light, fresh and absolutely delicious. The excellent taste of Kabrita’s goat milk products is also supported by the fact that only the highest quality goats’ milk is used.
Goats’ milk vs Allergies & Intolerances
Goats’ milk is, contrary to what people might believe, not a suitable alternative in situations where a cows’ milk allergy has been medically confirmed. A medically confirmed cows’ milk allergy occurs when the body triggers an immediate immune system reaction in response to the protein in cows’ milk. This affliction mostly affects children under six years of age (about 2 to 3%), but can affect adults as well. Experts believe that it is especially the αs1-casein protein that causes the allergic reaction, but despite of the relatively low amount of αs1-casein protein in goats’ milk, there is still a high risk of a cross reaction taking place.
Although goats’ milk isn’t a suitable alternative for people with a medically confirmed cows’ milk allergy, its relatively low amount of αs1-casein protein and its easy digestibility can make it a suitable alternative for people that are cows’ milk intolerant (not to be confused with a lactose intolerance) or that have an increased risk on developing one (for instance when it runs in the family). Consumers that are cows’ milk intolerant have trouble digesting certain components in cows’ milk (like fat or protein) for a non-apparent reason, leading to a large variety of discomforts, such as abdominal discomfort, constipation, colic and/or mild to moderate eczema. It is estimated that this last group is much larger and varies from 10 till 20% of the population.
For more information on cows’ milk allergy and intolerance please check our FAQ-section about Allergies, Intolerances and other discomforts. If you suspect your baby or toddler to have a cows’ milk intolerance, than always make sure to consult your physician to rule out a medically confirmed cows’ milk allergy before switching to goats’ milk.