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Articles  BY Staff  |  26 March 2018

Goat milk queries-fact or fiction

Goat’s milk is a nutritious animal milk that is often overlooked by many Australians. There are some common misconceptions that are associated with this cow’s milk alternative that we’d like to take a closer look at.

1. People mainly drink cow’s milk, so it must be a better choice.

Fiction: Similarly to other Western nations, in Australia cow’s milk is the most widely consumed. However, did you know that goat’s milk is the most widely consumed milk in the world?

2. Goat’s milk tastes different to cow’s milk.

Fact: Goat’s milk does taste a little different to cow’s milk, and some say the taste of goat milk is creamy and slightly sweeter.

3. Goat’s milk may be suitable for lactose intolerance.

Fact: For those with mild lactose intolerance, goat’s milk may be suitable as it contains less lactose than cow’s milk. It is also shown to be easier on digestion for kids and adults with sensitive stomachs, as the fat globules in goat milk are smaller allowing better digestion and absorption.

4. Goat’s milk has fewer nutrients than cow’s milk.

Fiction: The amount of natural vitamins and minerals found in goat’s milk, particularly vitamin A and calcium is considerably higher than that found in cow’s milk.

5. Goat’s milk is great for pets as well as humans.

Fact: As goat’s milk has a higher amount of fat globules at a smaller size to allow for easier digestion, this is great for humans and pets too.

6. Goat’s milk is hard to find and expensive.

Fiction: As goat’s milk is not as widely consumed in Australia, it may be slightly more expensive due to audience consumption. Goat milk products like cheese and yoghurts are available in most supermarkets and delicatessens, and our Maxigenes Goat Milk Powder makes it convenient to prepare your own Goat’s milk at home.

7. Goat’s milk cannot be used in cooking/baking.

Fiction: Goat’s milk is as versatile as cow’s milk in about every area including drinking, cheese-making, baking, culturing or cooking. For some delicious recipe ideas using both goat and cow milk, you can follow the link above.

8. Goat’s milk may affect those with milk allergies. *

Fact: As allergies are protein specific, those with dairy allergies may also be allergic to goat’s milk, due to the similarities between the protein structures found in both cow’s and goat’s milk.

*For people who experience severe dairy allergies, it is recommended that you follow the advice of your healthcare professional.