Goat's milk or cow's milk?Goat's milk, nutritional properties and information on the choice between goat's milk and cow's milk. Together we evaluate goat milk as an alternative to cow's milk by analyzing digestibility, intolerances, uses and nutritional properties.
Thegoat milkit is often proposed as an alternativehealthierwith cow's milk. This statement arises because, thegoat milk, in addition to having nutritional properties such as those of cow's milk, it prides itself on being more digestible and therefore more tolerated. On the other hand, those who follow a low-calorie diet must evaluate that thegoat's milkit is more caloric than cow's milk.
Goat's milk or cow's milk
Calories from goat milk
The goat milk it contains more fat than cow's milk and therefore has a higher caloric content (calories). Despite what has just been stated, thegoat milkit is more digestible than cow's milk.
Goat's milk is more digestible
The high digestibility ofgoat milkis justified by the type of fat rich in lipid molecules from a PM (molecular weight) reduced… in simple terms, the fat molecules in goat milk are smaller and moreattackablefrom our lipases (enzymes that digest fats). In addition, goat milk contains a greater amount of short and medium-chain fatty acids: these molecules do not need predigestion as they can be absorbed directly in the intestine and sent to the liver.
The protein profile ofgoat milkit is almost identical to that of cow's milk. Goat's milk proteins contain copious amounts oftaurine, a popular amino acid to be contained in the energy drinkred bull. This amino acid plays an important role in the synthesis of bile as well as in the formation of neural cells in children.
Calcium, phosphorus and other micronutrients
Those who use cow's milk as a source of calcium will have to evaluate goat's milk: goat's milk provides a greater amount of calcium and phosphorus. For all the other micronutrients, we refer you to the paragraph dedicated to the nutritional properties of goat milk.
Goat's milk and lactose intolerance
Those who are lactose intolerant cannot evaluate thegoat milkas an alternative to cow's milk. Analyzing the carbohydrate component, it can be seen that goat's milk provides the same amount of lactose as cow's milk. Those who are intolerant to this sugar will have to evaluate a vegetable milk. For further information, please read the page"Types of vegetable milk".
Often, however, many consumers "self-diagnose "a lactose intolerance while, maybe they can't digest cow's milk due to proteins such as casein. Casein, in some people, can cause intestinal irritation. Thegoat milkcontains a lower percentage of alpha S-1 type casein, the protein that generally aggravates the symptoms of an intolerance.
For clarity: those who are lactose intolerant should not consume either goat's milk or cow's milk, but those who only have difficulty digesting cow's milk, could consider goat's milk as a valid alternative.
Goat's milk, nutritional properties
The nutritional values shown in the list below refer to a cup of milk, therefore to 244 ml.
- Calories: 168 kcal
of these calories, 89 are related to fat
- Fat: 10 g
- Total cholesterol: 27 mg
- Sodium: 122 mg
- Carbohydrates: 11 g
- Protein: 9 grams
- Vitamin A: 10%
- Vitamin C: 5%
- Calcium: 33%
- Iron: 1%
- Vitamin D: 7%
- Vitamin E: 1%
- Riboflavin: 20%
- Vitamin B6: 6%
- Magnesium: 9%
- Copper: 6%
- Potassium: 14%
- Phosphorus: 27%
The values indicated for micronutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron…) refer to the recommended intake percentages on a daily basis. The intake of Vitamin C is 3.2 mg and represents 5% of the Vitamin C that we should take on a daily basis. The intake of vitamin A amounts to 483 IU and represents 10% of the amount we should take daily. It provides 327 mg of calcium and 271 mg of phosphorus.
Notes: do you like the photo above? Then make sure you buy organic goat milk.
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