- The largest dairy goat organization and registry in the US, the American Dairy Goat Association declared in May 2015 that goat milk has more riboflavin and phosphorus than cow milk.
- The US based not-for-profit corporation with two million goats in its registry found in its research findings that the milk has more nutritional value than cow milk.
By Allan Tawai
Researchers have fronted goat milk as a source of nutrients hence beneficial to your general health and wellbeing.
Many people are not familiar with goats producing milk for consumption but that is a reality in many parts of the world, Kenya included.
Goat milk has been a subject for many health researches over the past.
The largest dairy goat organization and registry in the US, the American Dairy Goat Association declared in May 2015 that goat milk has more riboflavin and phosphorus than cow milk.
The US based not-for-profit corporation with two million goats in its registry found in its research findings that the milk has more nutritional value than cow milk.
Research has proved that goat milk is more nutritious than cow milk.
The milk is also considered raw and organic because goats need only food, such as, herbs to survive as opposed to cows that require vaccinations and are exposed to GMO feed which in turn produces infected milk.
According to a research report titled Nutritional Evaluation of Kenya Alpine Dairy Goat Milk; Effect of Geographical Location vs Feeding Practices by the Institute of Food Bio Resource and Technology, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and the department of food science and technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, goat milk is rich in nutrients.
It contains more Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, potassium, niacin and copper.
Vitamin A is known to be good for development of vision and of teeth, soft tissues and skeletal tissues.
Vitamin C is responsible for creation and repair of blood cells, bones and tissues.
EASY TO DIGEST
The milk is easy to digest, thanks to fat globules in milk which are smaller. If that’s not enough, it has low cholesterol.
Cow milk has 14 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams while goat milk has 11 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams.
Cholesterol is beneficial to one’s health but in moderate amounts.
Dr Rahmat Attaie, a researcher at the Cooperative Agricultural Research Centre at the Prairie View A&M University in Texas, US has scientific evidence on the improved safety of goat milk.
After treatment of diseased lactating goats with the commonly used antibiotic, oxytetracycline, he monitored the residuals of this antibiotic in the milk of Nubian and Alpine breeds.
His research documented that an 82-hour threshold period of withdrawal was sufficient for oxytetracycline to clear from goat milk.
Public health officer, Moses Okello Oyaro based at Masaba hospital, Kuria West agrees that goat milk has a higher nutritional value thus good for your health.
“Goat milk is known to be rich in macronutrients and micronutrients. Vitamins, such as Vitamin A is good for your eyesight,” he says. Moses states that the milk is an immune booster for people who are immuno-compromised and the terminally ill because Vitamin A helps in cell regeneration and healing.
“It is also a rich source of calcium and other minerals which are good in bone formation and strengthening hence ideal for growing children and people with bone conditions like osteoporosis,” Moses adds further reiterating that it’s rich in energy, proteins, butter fat in varying propositions for growth and movement.
Courtesy of Daily Nation