Despite the wide variety of milks we drink in the Western world, goat milk isn’t a common choice — but that means we’re missing out on a valuable source of nutrients! From protein to fat to calcium, goat milk is absolutely packed with health benefits. And if you include goat milk in your diet on a regular basis, you’ll be able to reap those benefits in your body long-term. Here are the top reasons why you should consider switching to goat milk in your diet.
History of Goat Milk
Drinking goat milk is nothing new. People have long recognized the health benefits of this option. At the turn of the last century, the Mayo Clinic would often put sick people on a 10-day raw goat milk diet to help those patients get their health and vitality back. And today, many doctors and well-known medical institutions still recommend adding goat milk into your diet as a source of protein, fat, and nutrients, especially for people who struggle to digest other types of milk.
I’ve seen firsthand how beneficial goat milk can be. My father is 86 and recently had a stroke. He went into the hospital on a Sunday night, and by Tuesday, he was so out of it I thought we’d lost him. He couldn’t even communicate. But then I got him started drinking goat milk — and that made all the difference.
Health Benefits of Goat Milk
What makes goat milk so special? Goat milk is packed full of nutrients. You’ll find vitamins and minerals like calcium, riboflavin, phosphorus, and others in goat milk. Goat milk actually has more calcium than cow milk.
Another reason to drink goat milk: This cow milk alternative is rich in healthy ratios of fat. Goat milk has a lot of medium-chain fatty acids, which are a heart-healthy kind of fat. As a result, goat milk increases the kind of cholesterol you want while decreasing the kind you don’t.
Goat milk is also an excellent source of protein. One cup of goat milk has about nine grams of protein — a higher amount than you’ll find in an egg. This gives goat milk a boost over plant-based milks like almond milk, which generally have little to no protein. And if you have a sensitive stomach, goat milk might be the perfect fit. Since this type of milk is lower in lactose and curd, it’s easier to digest than cow milk or other options.
Incorporate Goat Milk in Your Diet
Fresh goat milk tastes good. If you’re used to drinking cow milk, you probably won’t even notice a difference. But if you are worried about the taste, try making a smoothie with goat milk to add some additional flavor. This also has the extra benefit of providing even more nutrients for your body. I make my father a smoothie including:
- 12 ounces goat milk
- Frozen berries
- ½ banana
- Collagen powder
- A tablespoon of raw honey
My father drinks this smoothie once or twice a day, and it’s done absolute wonders for his health. You could also try putting goat milk in your coffee.
Goat milk also works well as a substitute in recipes for casseroles, soups, or desserts. However, the goat-like flavor is brought out more strongly when goat milk is heated and may affect the taste of the dish. You can purchase goat milk at a farmer’s market or local health food store.
The body has a natural proclivity for health. It’s our responsibility to foster that by making smart nutritional choices, incorporating nutrient-packed foods like goat milk into our diet. By doing so, we give ourselves the best chance possible at living a full and healthy life.
About Dr. Bill Cole
Dr. Bill Cole, founder of the largest functional medicine group of its kind, has created the Cellular Health Accelerator Program that helps people to be well, feel well, and age well. He has already helped to transform the lives of thousands and has spoken on stages across the nation. For more information, visit drbillcole.com