Conventional dairy products are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory (i.e. not ideal for people with digestive issue, arthritis, etc.) whereas goat milk exhibits more anti-inflammatory effects in our bodies.
Goat milk products are more often organic than not. It can thus be a grand idea to favour organic goat milk products such as goat milk, goat yoghurts and goat cheeses (ex. some feta cheeses). For example, goat milk products from “Beurrerie du Patrimoine” are organic and found in a variety of stores across the province.
Though more research is needed, it is thought that goat milk and other food products made with it may help prevent ferropenic anemia (iron-deficient anemia) and that the protein and fats in goat milk products are easier on our digestive systems. The latter affirmation is quite interesting and stems from several different studies. The notion has been reinforced by the fact that infants 9 months old or older with digestive issues experienced reduction or elimination of digestive upset issues when goat milk was introduced. In fact, research by the American Society for Nutrition has shown that oligosaccharides in goat milk act as anti-inflammation agents in rats with colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Moreover, many pregnant women or elderly people who have problems digesting cow milk will experience less or no symptoms when they switch to goat milk. Populations who consume goat milk have lower incidences of allergies and digestive complaints. All of these facts may be due to the fact that goat milk`s molecular structure is more similar to human milk than cow milk is.
If you are lactose intolerant, do know that goat`s milk does contain lactose but in lesser quantities. This is to say if you have a mild intolerance to lactose, you may tolerate goat’s milk and cheeses or yoghurts made with it.
Lastly, goat`s milk contains calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium and selenium, which may all have better bioavailability (meaning better absorption and availability of these nutrients) than the same minerals when coming from cow milk.
On that note, I’m going to have my goat yoghurt parfait, topped with organic hazelnut muesli and fresh figs, as pictured above. Oh how I wish I could share with you 🙂 .
Happy Saturday friends!