Is Goat milk right for you?
The goat dairy industry has grown rapidly in Canada over the years, especially in Quebec and Ontario. For some perspective, country-wide goat milk production in Canada came in at 21 million litres in 2004. Fast Forward to 2011 and production of goat milk moved to 18 million litres in Ontario alone! And the growth of the industry hasn’t stopped since.
Believe it or not, goat milk is the most commonly consumed dairy in the world. In fact, more than 65% of all dairy consumed in the world is goat milk. The reason for it’s high demand is the health benefits of the product. Goat milk is lower in fat and cholesterol, but still a superb source of calcium and protein.
Maybe you find it difficult to digest regular cow’s milk. Or you simply want a new flavour for your morning coffee or cereal. Perhaps you’re looking for a healthier alternative to cow’s milk and you’re not quite ready to jump on the plant-based train. These are all good reasons to give goat milk a try.
Here are a few other reasons you might want to try goat milk:
- Easier On Your Stomach
Many people find it easier to digest goat milk, as the protein and fat particles in goat milk are smaller when compared to other milks. This means the body can use these nutrients more efficiently, and it reduces the risk of diarrhea, cramps and other stomach issues. This also makes it a great choice for babies being weaned off breast milk, as it’s much easier on their younger digestive systems.
Therefore if you find that you’re having trouble digesting cow’s milk, it might be a good idea for you to give goat milk a try.
- Combats Malabsorption Syndrome
Malabsorption syndrome is the inability to absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals from foods. Research suggests that goat milk enhances the body's ability to absorb certain nutrients like iron and copper. And since the protein and fat particles in goat milk are smaller, it’s a more ideal solution for persons with digestive issues.
In light of this, you might want to consider goat milk if you lack iron or copper in your diet.
- Rich flavour
The goat milk produced at River’s Edge Goat Dairy has a fresh, clean, sweet taste, and a rich creamy texture. So much so that people drive long distances from Toronto, Brampton, Guelph, Milton, Oakville, Hamilton, and further to purchase River's Edge exceptional milk. The quality and flavour of the milk is largely due to the care and feeding (grass-fed) the goats receive.
- Highly nutritious
Goat milk is rich in nutrients like calcium, protein and healthy fat. The portion and balance of these vital nutrients are even better when the goats are grass-fed. This makes it a really good choice for young children to aid in the proper development of teeth, bones and muscle. Also, since goat milk is so highly digestible, it’s a pretty good source of calcium for adults who are lacking the nutrient.
All in all, goat milk stacks up quite favorably against cow’s milk and plant-based milks. And with its thicker, creamier texture, many people believe that it tastes much better. It does contain a bit more calories per serving than cow’s milk, but you can easily reduce your intake to control your calories.
Visit River’s Edge Goat Dairy for a constant supply of rich, creamy, highly nutritious goat milk.