Goat's milk is an alternative to cow's milk that Americans don't often consider, when compared with populations around the world. Goat's milk contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals in high concentrations--including calcium, phosphorus, potassium , vitamin B and protein. The milk doesn't require homogenization, and may be easier for some people to digest than cow's milk. Vitamin-rich goat's milk can give its drinkers a wealthof health benefits.
Prevents Bone Loss and Disease
Stabilizes Blood Sugar
People who drink goat's milk may have the advantage of lower blood glucose levels. The August 2007 issues of the Journal of Epidemiology and CommunityHealth reports that goat's milk contains a fat called conjugated linoleic acid, a substance that reduces blood sugar.
Provides Energy and Strength
Goat's milk contains approximately 17 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein in each cup and 20 percent of riboflavin, also called vitamin B2. Protein helps build muscle and gives people energy. Riboflavin is involved in energy production as well. Goat's milk is an expensive way to provide the body with essential vitaminsand nutrients that helps it continue to grow appropriately.
Eliminates Allergic Reactions
Goat's milk may benefit people who have allergies or intolerances to cow's milk by reducing or eliminating uncomfortable allergic reactions, including stomach upset, eczema and even joint pain. WHFoods explains that goat's milk contains a substance called oligosaccharides, a short-chain sugar molecule. Oligosaccharides aids digestion, and may play a role in why goat's milk may be tolerated more easilythan cow's milk.
Science Daily, July 31, 2007
WHFoods.org, goat's milk
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Erica Roth has been a freelance writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Sciencefrom Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.