You may be wondering why our family drinks raw goat milk. The easy answer is that we have 4 kids and our dairy bill would be through the roof if we didn’t! But the benefits of raw goat milk far outweigh our dairy bill. So lets jump right into it and take a look at all of the amazing benefits of raw goat milk.
Disclaimer: We offer no medical advice
The Benefits of Raw Goat Milk
1. It has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
An animal study in 2006 found that goat’s milk contains powerful anti-inflammatory molecules called oligosaccharides. According to research, raw goat milk contains “a relatively high concentration” of these oligosaccharides as compared to milk from cows.
Why is it important that our goat’s milk contain these anti-inflammatory properties? For starters, inflammation is linked to many ailments and diseases. And for those who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) this is a BIG deal!
2. It is Hypo-Allergenic
Raw goat milk does not contain the most allergenic protein, alpha-casein, which is found in cow’s milk. It is therefore easier to break down during digestion. Speaking of digestion…
3. It is Quicker to Digest
Goat milk takes about 20-30 min to digest vs. the 1-2 hours digestion time for bovine milk. It’s fat molecules are much smaller than cows milk (about 1/5th the size) which also aid in the digestion process.
4. It Helps Those Who Are Lactose Intolerant
Lactose Intolerance happens when your body does not make enough lactase. Lactase is the enzyme that helps break down lactose or the natural sugar that is in milk. Raw, unprocessed and unpasteurized goat’s milk not only contains less lactose than raw cow’s milk but it also provides the lactase necessary to break the milk sugar down. Isn’t that amazing!?
5. It Alkalizes the Digestive System
Who remembers learning about acidity and alkalinity in high school chemistry? No? OK, well who here ever gets heart burn?
Heart burn is caused by a build up of acid in your stomach. How do you cure this acid build up? You take an antacid right? And what do antacids do? They alkalize your stomach acid and make the heartburn stop.
Did you know that cows milk produces an acidic response in your body but that raw goat milk is alkalizing?
There was even a study done by the USDA and Prairie View A&M University in Texas. They confirmed that goat’s milk had more acid-buffering capacity than cow’s milk, soy, and over the counter antacids.
6. It does not Produce Mucus like Cow’s Milk does
Who remembers their mom telling them that when you have a cold you should stay away from milk because it increases your mucus production? While this may be true when drinking cows milk, it is not the case when drinking goats milk. This may be because the fat globules in goats milk are 1/9th the size of those found in cow’s milk.
7. It’s a Great way to get your Vitamins, Minerals, and More
Goat’s milk is a rich source of the trace mineral selenium.It is an abundant source of bioorganic sodium which is associated with youth, vigor, and vitality. It is high in riboflavin, Vitamins B6 and B12, potassium, phosphorous, and vitamins A, E & D. It is also a great source for healthy cholesterol which is essential for proper brain function.
And lets not forget calcium! Milk is famous for calcium. Did you know that goat’s milks has more calcium than cow’s milk? And did you know that it also has Vitamin K2? What is K2 you ask? Well when you take calcium without K2, the calcium tends to attach itself to your arteries instead of your bones. Goat’s milk comes complete with not only the needed calcium but the needed Vitamin K2 as well!
8. Goats Milk works great for Pets and in the Garden as well!
Drinking raw goat’s milk is a healthy and easy way to ensure that your family is getting what their bodies need. But did you know that it is also great for pets and even your garden?!
Mother Earth News says it best, “The amino acids, proteins, enzymes and natural sugars that make milk a food for humans and animals are the same ingredients in nurturing healthy communities of microbes, fungi and beneficial bacteria in your compost and garden soil.”
But is Raw Milk Safe?
If you listen to the media you would have to be crazy to even think about drinking raw milk. They make it sound like you will contract some sort of deadly disease by drinking it. Their hype and propaganda is just that, hype and propaganda.
On the other side of the argument you have those in the raw milk revolution. They claim that people have been drinking raw milk for thousands of years. This is at best a genetic fallacy and does not answer the question that everyone wants to know. Is drinking raw milk safe?
From chriskresser.com, “According to the CDC, during the period from 1990 − 2006, there were 24,000 foodborne [sic] illnesses reported each year on average. Of those, 315 per year are from dairy products. This means dairy products account for about 1.3% of foodborne [sic] illnesses each year. That’s not exactly an alarming number, considering that more than 75% of the population consumes dairy products regularly.”
“…there have only been a handful of deaths from pasteurized dairy products in the last decade, and there hasn’t been a single death attributed to raw fluid milk since the mid-1980s, in spite of the fact that almost 10 million people are now consuming it regularly.”
“The takeaway is that thousands of people are killed each year by foodborne [sic] illness, but they’re dying from eating fruits, nuts, eggs, meat, poultry, fish and shellfish – not from drinking unpasteurized milk.”
Milk, Goat’s Milk, Does a Body Good!
It’s not a cure all but when you know better, you do better. And when compared to bovine milk, goat’s milk is better. And that is the real reason why our family drinks raw goat’s milk. That and the fact that it helps our dairy budget!
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