This is a super confusing topic for many people who happen to tolerate (or know someone who can tolerate) goat’s milk but not cow's milk. And by “tolerate”, I actually mean a variety of scenarios: milk allergies, milk sensitivities and milk intolerances. While scientists are still trying to pinpoint what exactly causes the difference in tolerance between these milks in different people, I want to briefly share with you a few points that are already known:
👉 if you have cow's milk allergy (IgE) you are likely to be allergic to goat’s milk too, because goat's milk protein is very similar in structure to cow's milk protein. It is not a 100% scenario and there are real cases when some people are allergic to one, but not the other! Always check with your doctor about what is safe for you.
👉 Interestingly, the reverse situation is also possible. Some people are only allergic to goat’s / sheep’s milk, but are completely okay with cow's milk.
👉 if you have cow's milk sensitivity (not allergy) or mild lactose intolerance, for example due to IBS (again, not allergy), there is a good chance that you may find goat’s milk easier to digest. There are a variety of reasons and theories behind it, but what is important is that none of them seem to relate to lactose, which many people think.
⭐ In fact, it is a MYTH that goat's milk doesn't have lactose! It contains lactose just like any other mammal milks and the amount is actually not that different from cow's milk (4-4.5% vs 5%, depending on the source you are looking at).
It seems, however, that fat molecules in goat’s milk are smaller when compared with those in cow’s milk, which helps overall digestibility. It also seems that the structure (or form) of proteins and how they are digested is slightly different between cow's milk and goat's milk, which may also contribute to one being easier for our body to deal with than the other.
The bottom line is:
· if you have trouble digesting cow's milk, it is well worth trying goat's milk to see if it works for you. Start with very small amounts and gradually increase over time if it works.
· if you have cow’s milk allergy, check with your allergist first, to see if you need to stay away from milks of other mammals too and what is safe in your specific case
That is all I have for today! Don’t hesitate to send me any questions at email@example.com or simply click here. Love you all and til next!
Please note that, as with all of my public posts, the intent is just to share general information and interesting scientific findings, not to provide or replace medical advice.