Why Goat Milk is a Better Choice than Plant-Based “Milks”

It’s true that there are several big reasons to choose goat milk, even if you do not suffer from cow milk-induced allergic reactions or lactose intolerance. For one, goat’s milk contains a denser concentration of vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy choice!

But what if you do suffer from lactose intolerance and must find a suitable milk replacement? In an earlier post here on the blog, we compared different animal-provided dairy milk to examine how goat milk is the best option for those with lactose digestion difficulties. (Important note: you should always consult with your physician before exploring new milk alternatives—goat milk and others are not right for every individual with lactose intolerance.)

Confusingly, however, there are also many lactose-friendly fluid beverage options on the market today calling themselves “milk,” but they do not come from animals. These drinks are instead blended from various plants and nuts, like soy, rice, and almonds. And this means their nutritional profiles can be very different from that of a true milk product, especially if they are not separately fortified.

Today, we are delving into how some of these other most popular and commercially available brands of lactose-friendly or lactose-free beverage options stack up to goat milk, and why you should carefully consider using any given product as a full replacement for cow’s milk to assure you’re receiving the nutrition you expect.

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What Does Goat Milk Taste Like?

One big question that we’re often asked by potential customers who are considering the healthy switch from cow’s milk to goat milk is, “what does goat milk taste like?” We would love to be able to just hand these folks a glass and tell them to try it, but that’s a little difficult to do over the internet! And we understand that purchasing an entire package of a product without knowing whether you’ll like it doesn’t make much sense. So, today we’re taking a look at the perceptions and facts about goat milk’s unique but familiar flavor, which many people prefer to other animal milk once they’ve tried it.

It’s true that there isn’t one single answer to the goat milk taste question. If you’ve already perused our FAQs about goat milk, you know that most people say it doesn’t taste that much different from cow’s milk, and that’s generally true. But, depending upon the type of commercially available cow’s milk you’re most used to drinking – 1%, 2%, whole, or skim – you may find the consistency of goat milk to be unexpected or different. Obviously, consistency is not the same thing as “taste,” but whether goat milk seems rich and creamy or thin and watery to you will be based on what you’re used to. And, as with cows, the flavor of goat’s milk depends upon several additional factors about the source animals themselves, where they are raised, and how the milk is processed and stored. Continue reading “What Does Goat Milk Taste Like?”

Goat Milk, Cow Milk, Sheep Milk: What Are the Differences?

We are told from an early age to drink our milk because it will help us grow up strong. However, when most of us hear “drink your milk,” we immediately think of cow’s milk. In the United States, milk from cows is by far the most popular type of milk, mostly due to marketing, government oversight, and the plain fact that cows are typically more docile and easy to manage than other milk-producing animals.

Cow’s milk is the most commercially available type of milk, which usually means it’s the least expensive—even with the product’s price being heavily regulated by government entities. However, just because it’s the most popular type of milk in North America does not mean it’s the best. In fact, many people cannot even tolerate the lactose in cow’s milk or suffer from a milk allergy. Sheep and goat’s milk are different in fundamental ways from cow’s milk and are also becoming more widely available—both in stores and online—and can often be a better choice.

So what are the real differences between cow, sheep, and goat’s milk, and what’s the best choice for you and your family? Here’s everything you need to know about these three kinds of milk and how to choose. Continue reading “Goat Milk, Cow Milk, Sheep Milk: What Are the Differences?”

What is New Zealand Manuka Honey?

Almost everyone who is interested in natural health knows that honey, and especially raw honey, is considered to be a superfood and all around beneficial substance with potent antimicrobial properties. Not only can honey help treat sore throats and allergies, but it can also be used in natural hair and skin treatments, and has even been used topically since ancient times for wound care.

Not all honey is created equal, though. The plants accessed by the bees producing a given honey will significantly affect the honey’s chemical composition. The rising star in the world of honey today is Manuka honey, which is produced by bees harvesting pollen from the Manuka tree that grows predominantly in New Zealand and parts of Australia. The Manuka tree (Latin name: Leptospermum scoparium) is a bushy tea tree in the same family (Myrtaceae, or myrtle) as the more-familiar melaleuca tree, which is the source of the antioxidant-rich melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil.

Here at the Good Goat Milk Company, we are excited about Manuka honey’s reported health benefits, and we are thrilled to introduce a new flavor of our flagship goat milk powder product: New Zealand Natural Full Cream Goat Milk Powder with Manuka Honey. You’re probably wondering what makes Manuka honey unique and why we are so sure you’ll love it as much as we do. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions about Manuka honey. Continue reading “What is New Zealand Manuka Honey?”

How You Can Have Your Milk and Drink it too, Even if You’re Lactose Intolerant

Dairy can be the bane of your existence if you’re lactose intolerant, or if you’re suffering from a milk allergy. You’re forced to find a non-dairy alternative; and while there are plenty of other viable options for milk and cheese, sometimes they just don’t cut it from a nutritional perspective.

While you may be satisfied with a switch to soy, rice, or hemp milk—or any of the countless other plant milks available—nothing beats a cold glass of real, animal sourced, milk. Fortunately, goat milk may be the answer to your milky woes. Continue reading “How You Can Have Your Milk and Drink it too, Even if You’re Lactose Intolerant”

Nutritional Facts About Goat Milk

As consumers become more health-minded, they’re paying increasingly more attention to the ingredient and nutritional facts of the products they purchase—and put in their bodies. Thanks to organized educational efforts and mandatory nutritional food labels, this has become easier for consumers. Goat milk has well established nutritional and health benefits and any online search will turn up a number of reports and articles attesting to its advantages. However, a lot of that information lacks context and doesn’t put the data into perspective.
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