How to Win Against Lactose Intolerance: 3 Health Benefits of Goat Milk
Lactose intolerance refers to the condition where people are not able to digest certain sugars (lactose) present in milk products. An intolerant lactose milk drinker will have a gut that is unable to break down lactose and it accumulates in the gut, often leading to them suffering from symptoms of gas, bloating, pain or cramps in the abdomen, vomiting, or diarrhea. Not everyone is born with this condition outright – sometimes these symptoms can onset themselves later on in life.
So if these symptoms often occur with cow’s milk, what alternatives can a lactose intolerant milk drinker take? While there are a variety of alternatives, goat’s milk is often cited as a preferable, if not the best, choice for people who can’t digest cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is much more easily digested in people with lactose intolerance than standard cow’s milk because of the lower lactose levels found in goat’s milk.
There are a few other reasons that goat’s milk often comes out on top when it comes to choices in dairy, here are a few others:
1. More easily digested than cow’s milk and is superior to soy, almond, and coconut milk
As we mentioned before, goat’s milk is more easily digested than cow’s milk in people with lactose intolerance because of the 10 per cent lower lactose content. Is that enough to make a difference? According to an article by the U.S National Library of Medicine, goat’s milk is amongst a few other solutions (such as ingesting solid milk products like ice cream and cheese) for ease of digestion. It also contains smaller protein particles and fat molecules, making them easier to break down in the body. All of this factors into goat milk’s ability to cause less inflammation than cow’s milk.
Soy, almond, and coconut milk products are other options that lactose intolerant people weigh, but if they want to maintain the same amount of protein that standard milk has, plants just don’t cut it. Also, coconut milk generally has more trans fats than other milk products.
2. Goat’s milk is the more nutritious option, with less cholesterol and more digestible fats
While goat’s milk may have a few more fats and calories than standard cow’s milk, these fats are easily digestible and the nutrients contained in this milk far outweigh its competition. The amount of protein in goat’s milk is far higher than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk also has more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, vitamin A, and vitamin C than regular cow milk. Goat’s milk also has a high amount of fatty acids that give the drinker an energy boost.
3. Goat’s milk improves the look of skin both inside and out
There’s a reason why you see goat’s milk bars of soap around natural body care shops: it’s excellent for your skin. Since goat’s milk is packed full of fatty acids and triglycerides, it’s perfect for keeping skin soft and vibrant while sloughing away dead skin cells when applied topically. The result is skin that looks brighter, more lively, and eggshell smooth and imperfection-free. When ingested, its high vitamin A content prevents acne and other skin blemishes. Since goat’s milk has a similar pH level as humans, it is much more easily absorbed into the skin.
For milk drinkers who enjoy the taste of goat’s milk, it is a no-brainer solution to the lactose intolerance problem. It is also available in many health food stores and is becoming increasingly popular amongst consumers looking for an alternative to cow’s milk.