Goats Milk
A dairy Products with Special Properties?

In many developed countries the consumption of traditional cows milk is plateauing or even declining, even though milk and related dairy products are very good sources of calcium and protein. However, a very fast growing product in the dairy case these days is goats milk. It has been estimated that, on a world wide basis, there are more people who drink the milk of goats than of any other single animal. Over 440 million goats (world wide) produce an estimated 4.8 million tons of milk consumed mostly locally, or processed into various types of cheeses. Goats milk has a long way to go to catch up to cows milk, but there may be several reasons why consumers are turning to goats milk.

Goats milk has a reputation as being a highly digestible dairy product. This is due in part to the composition and structure of the lipid (fat) portion of goats milk and in part to the way the protein in goats milk reacts in the stomach as it starts to be digested. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of goats milk is its hypo-allergenicity properties. It has often been found that infants that are not able to tolerate mothers milk or cows milk are able to eat goats milk. It is estimated that up to 7.5 % of infants are not able to eat cows milk. It is not clear at this time why goats milk can be eaten by these sensitive children, but it may be due to the structure of the milk proteins found in goats milk. The amino acid content of goats milk differs from that of cows milk and this may be one reason why goats milk is an alternative for cows milk intolerant babies.

The goat industry in North America is a very small one at the present time. However, the ability of small farms to produce "organic" goats milk together with research into the unique composition and properties of goats milk mean that this dairy product may become more in demand in the future.

Table 1: Cows vs goats milk
Differences Between Cows milk and goats milk **
Digestibility - goats milk considered more easily digested
Milk fat globule -smaller in goats milk than cows milk
Calcium content - higher in goats milk than cows milk
Iron content -lower in goats milk than cows milk
Vitamin C content -about the same in both milks
Vitamin D content -about the same in both milks
Short chain fatty acid content -higher in goats milk than cows milk
  1. Further information
  2. Nutritional Information1
  3. milk allergy2

Comments

1Julia - Wed, 08 Oct 2003 01:33:07

I would like to know where is your company? and how can I order goat milk for my family? (I’m living in Scarborough, Ontario of Canada )Thank you

2 Mike - Wed, 8 Oct 2003 15:51:09

Medicinal Food News is located in Ottawa, Ontario. We do not sell, market or endorse any products. I suggest you contact your local dairy for information. You might also try 3 Ontario Goat Milk Producers’ Association which provides a list of processors (3 located in the Toronto area).

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