Goat milk vs. raw cows milk

by 160 · August 23, 2012 at 04:07 AM

Where I live I can't get raw cow milk, as far as I know. However, in the grocery store I can find good quality goats milk (low-fat and whole varieties). I know there are different benefits to goats milk, like being better for those who are lactose intolerant.

So my question would be then, is goat's milk a good alternative to raw cow's milk (if one were looking to include dairy in their diet)? Or am I missing the point completely that raw cow's milk is healthier because it's unpasteurized? Thus, to measure any benefits, it would need to be compared to RAW goat's milk?

Thanks for any thoughts!

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1448 · June 17, 2012 at 05:08 AM

One of the main things about raw milk is that it will help with lactose intolerance. But even better is homemade kefir. The kefir will eat the lactose; problem solved. And eating the lactose also means reducing the carbs and turning the milk from being non-paleo into paleo.

10 · August 23, 2012 at 04:07 AM

The Dancing Goat is in Tampa and they have both raw goat and raw cow milk, kefir and yogurt. Cheeses too, I think. It is sold for pets only but we have been drinking it for several years at our place. Worth the try!

40551 · June 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM

If you're lactose intolerant, goat milk and cow milk will produce the same result. I know, folks swear up and down that they cure the lactose intolerance when switching from cow to goat, but that makes no sense; lactose is lactose no matter the source. The differences will be the proteins. There is also some difference in fats as well.

5179 · June 17, 2012 at 04:46 AM

Some people who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to the casein in cow's milk, like me, find it easier to digest goat's milk. I haven't seen goat's milk in my store (but haven't looked either). I do eat goat's milk yogurt and goat's milk cheeses with no problems. TBH though, cow cheddar also doesn't bother me much. If you can't get raw milk then I think the raw goat's milk is a moot point.

0 · June 17, 2012 at 04:35 AM

I hear its easier to digest, faster to absorb but lower in protein.

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