Sheffield Hallam Research
'The Benefits of Consuming Goats Milk'
Despite the numerous nutrition and health benefits that cows' milk and cows' milk products can offer, in recent years an increasing number of people are seeking alternatives. Following a cows' milk free diet might be due to a true or perceived allergy or intolerance, or other environmental, religious or health motives.
Whatever people's reasons, avoidance of cows' milk can open up the potential for nutritional deficiencies in both adults and children, and therefore the provision of suitable replacements along with appropriate nutritional advice from a health professional is vitally important. Goats' milk is the milk of choice in most of the world, and in many cases is a credible alternative to cows' milk.
The report entitled 'The Benefit of Consuming Goat's Milk' was carried out by The Centre for Food Innovation, at Sheffield Hallam University, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research, and examines the published literature of studies on goats' milk.
The report focuses on the nutritional attributes of goats' milk and its potential contribution to overall health, in particular weight regulation, bone and cardiovascular health. It also highlights the ongoing debate amongst scientists over whether the added vitamins and minerals to plant based milk alternatives, such as soya, oat and rice milk, offer the same health benefits as 'whole' milks.
The report concentrates on the differences between cows' milk and goats' milk, for human nutrition and digestibility. Charlotte Harden, a nutritionist who led the research emphasises how the disparities in the fat, protein and sugar composition of goats' milk could go some way in explaining why many people who claim they can't drink cows' milk can tolerate goats' milk, although this hasn't yet been proven.
One of the conclusions made in this report is that although further studies are clearly needed to examine the hypoallergenic and therapeutic significance of goats' milk, it is reasonable to expect from the evidence to date and the countless anecdotal experiences reported by consumers, that goats' milk is a nutrient-rich food, which offers many unique qualities for human nutrition.
In summary, this report is an important step forward in highlighting a number of notable areas surrounding goats' milk and its role in nutrition and health. The full report is available by clicking on the link below. Although it is intended for health professionals (and should not be used to replace individual professional advice), anyone thinking of making the switch from cows' milk to goats' milk will find it an interesting read.
Click here to download the report (PDF format)