Goat milk has a range of incredible health benefits that you never knew about... until now!
If your little one is now one year or older, you might be thinking about adding cow milk to his diet. However, have you also considered goat milk?
For a start, goat milk is better for the environment because goats eat less and occupy less grazing space than cows, and its mild and creamy taste is sure to be enjoyed by your little one. But most importantly, goat milk offers your child several superior health benefits — especially related to digestion — in comparison to cow’s milk.
In this article, we tell you exactly what these benefits are.
1. There’s protein and there’s protein
Protein is essential for your child’s healthy growth and development. This is not surprising given that every cell in the human body is made of this major nutrient.
Milk is a great source of protein for your kids — it contains two types: caseins and whey. However, in some children, the alpha s1-casein that is found in abundance in cow’s milk may cause unpleasant digestion problems.
This is where goat milk becomes a better option, as it contains much less of this type of protein than cow milk. Additionally, it contains more of beta-casein protein than cow milk. These features contribute to the formation of a softer curd and gentler digestion process for your little one.
2. Easily digestible fats
We know that full-cream milk contains fat. But when you compare the properties of the fats found in cow milk and goat milk, you’ll see that the latter clearly provides more health benefits for your child.
Milk contains more saturated than unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids provide a valuable source of energy once metabolised after being absorbed by the intestine. Saturated fatty acids are further classified as short chain, medium chain and long-chain fatty acids.
Goat milk fat contains twice as much medium chain saturated fatty acids as cow milk and medium chain fatty acids are digested more readily than long chain saturated fatty acids. What this means is that goat milk is much gentler on your little one’s delicate tummy than cow milk, reducing the chances of digestive issues.
3. Superior digestibility
As a mum, you look for foods that are gentle on your little one’s stomach and are easy to digest. In this regard, goat milk is a great option as the proteins it contains are digested more completely than cow milk proteins.
For example, trypsin, an enzyme present in the stomach, breaks down 96% of goat casein, compared with only 76-90% of cow casein. Similarly, nearly three times more beta-lactoglobulin in goat milk is digested by human digestive juices compared to cow milk.
One reason for this is the differences in the way caseins coagulate in the stomach to form a sponge-like curd.
Goat milk forms a looser curd structure than standard cow milk. When in your baby’s stomach, this softer type of curd allows digestive enzymes easier access to the milk proteins. This assists with digestion, resulting in a happy little tummy and therefore, a very happy baby!
Besides how gentle goat milk is on your little one’s digestive system, it also comes with a host of other health benefits.
Find out what these are on the next page.