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Goat's milk: tasty and easy to digest

  1. Goat milk is enjoying growing popularity abroad. What is so special about this milk?

  1. In the Netherlands we mainly drink cow's milk. It may take some getting used to, but the easy availability, the delicious taste and the good price will also play a role. In some countries, the more expensive goat's milk is on the rise, and in others, especially Asian countries, goat's milk has long been the most commonly consumed milk. Goat's milk production in those countries is also huge. India and Bangladesh, for example, account for several million tons of goat's milk per year, according to recent figures. In comparison, a western country like Germany only accounts for a few tens of thousands of tonnes on an annual basis.

Cow's milk allergy

  1. Goat's milk is often recommended on the internet for a food allergy, such as cow's milk allergy. This is a relatively common allergy, especially in children. More than 2 to 3 percent of all children develop allergic reactions to cow's milk. Examples of complaints that these children often get before the first year of life are skin complaints (itching, eczema), stomach and intestinal complaints (cramps, vomiting, diarrhea) and respiratory complaints (sneezing, asthma). According to the Netherlands Nutrition Center, hypoallergenic formula based on partial protein hydrolyzate is a good alternative for cow's milk allergy. Even better is hypoallergenic formula based on whey protein hydrolyzate. The Nutrition Center does not mention goat's milk as an alternative. Spokesperson Roy van der Ploeg of the Nutrition Center says: â € œWe do not recommend goat milk. Anyone who is allergic to cow's milk also has a risk of over 90 percent of an allergic reaction when drinking goat's milk.â €

Easily digestible

  1. Others, such as the Orthokennis foundation, mention goat's milk as a good alternative to cow's milk in case of cow's milk allergy. According to them, goat's milk would be a good alternative for about 40 percent of people who cannot tolerate cow's milk protein because of its protein composition. Goat's milk passes the stomach significantly faster than cow's milk. Where cow's milk takes about 2.5 hours to pass the stomach, goat's milk only needs 40 minutes. Cow's milk is digested slowly, and sometimes even incompletely, which can lead to the hypersensitivity reaction. Goat's milk does not have that disadvantage.

Less saturated fat and sodium

  1. Apart from all this, goat's milk contains less saturated fat than cow's milk. There is also less sodium in goat's milk than in cow's milk. And there is hardly any difference in the taste. For all these reasons, for example, Australians and celebrities like Madonna, Sting and Tony Blair swear by goat's milk.

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