Goat milk is an ancient and delicious drink that has been enjoyed for millennia. We know that the Ancient Greeks were using goat’s milk for drinking and making cheese since at least the 8th century when it was mentioned in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad.1
Make like the ancient hero Achilles and enjoy a glass of goat milk yourself, to benefit from all the ways this cooling drink enhances vitality.
In this article, we’ll explain how goat milk compares with cow milk for wellness benefits. We’ll explore the nutritional profile of goat milk, so you can see for yourself how much goodness is in a glass. Finally, we’ll advise you of the side effects associated with goat milk.
Goat milk vs cow milk
As the health-conscious are more frequently choosing alternative kinds of milk, we thought we’d compare goat milk with cow milk and see which comes out on top.
Goat milk can support you in a healthy lifestyle because it’s:
Not associated with poor health outcomes
Some scientists claim that proteins in cow’s milk can over-activate growth hormones and contribute to poor health outcomes, including obesity, acne, and disease-development.2
Easy to digest
Goat milk contains fewer allergens which can cause immune responses in those with lactose sensitivities and fewer proteins that humans find hard to digest than cow’s milk.3
Provides better nutrient absorption
Cow milk may interfere with iron absorption in children. In contrast, goat’s milk improves the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from foods eaten alongside it.4
A healthy gut is strongly associated with good overall physical health.5 Drinking goat milk encourages the development of beneficial bacteria in the gut, whereas cow milk does not.6
Cow milk does beat goat milk on some factors, including:
Those on a calorie-controlled diet will likely want to avoid goat milk, as it contains approximately 170 calories per glass. In contrast, cow milk contains between 90 and 150 calories.7
Cow milk contains vitamin B12, whereas goat milk does not.8 Vitamin B12 encourages nervous system health.9
Goat milk side effects
Goat milk contains lactose and should never be consumed by those with lactose intolerance as it could badly affect their digestion.10
Last updated: 23 March 2021
Author: Bhupesh Panchal
Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019
Qualifications: Masters Degree in Toxicology, BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry
Bhupesh started his career as a clinical toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products. After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
Bhupesh specialises in vitamins & minerals nutrition, health benefits & safety of botanicals and traditional herbal medicines.
In his spare time, Bhupesh likes to cycle and has been learning to speak Korean for several years.
Author: Bhupesh Panchal