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Make me hate goat milk....take your best shot!

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Created March 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Seriously, I see comparisons of cows milk to goat milk and lots of sales pitches for goats milk. What are the downside of goat milk specifically. Why is it a bad choice?

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on May 19, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Ocado has biggest range. Tesco, Asda, Spar, Waitrose, Morrissons all have goat milk. Tesco and Ocado online have goat butter. Have found goat butter at Morrisons, but couldn't find it the next time I shopped there.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:29 PM

I bought some goats milk yogurt one time and, upon the first bite, I was struck by the image of sucking on a wizened old goat's teat. I could even taste the ghost of a little frizzly goat hair. Needless to say, I haven't gone back to the goat teat since.

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:23 AM

Wow where do you get all that stuff from?? Im in the UK

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Price is the main reason I don't get it very often (it's $7 per 1/2 gallon at the local WF), but it tastes fine to me and seems to be easier on my stomach. Still a bit wary of trying raw. For now I just stick to heavy cream for my liquid dairy fix.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Add "not particularly fresh when you buy it at the store" to my list. :) Thanks for that info! If I can tolerate it in the future (trying to hack my psoriasis and skin problems right now), I'll definitely be looking for a farm to buy it from next time.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:10 AM

The goaty flavor develops with age. Fresh goat milk doesn't taste goaty at all, but most store-bought goat milk is not particularly fresh. Presence of a buck supposedly also makes it more goaty. Doesn't seem to be an issue for us - the buck is in a separate pen, but only a few feet away, and our milk isn't goaty.

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:46 AM

If you have a general casein intolerance, and not just alpha-S1 casein (which is the primary casein form in cow's milk), switching to goat milk won't help you. Same if you have a sensitivity to beta-lactoglobulin.

Plus it's f***ing expensive. It costs me almost twice as much as raw cow's milk.

And it tastes goaty.

(Note: two of these aren't really downsides to me. But they can be dealbreakers for other people)

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Add "not particularly fresh when you buy it at the store" to my list. :) Thanks for that info! If I can tolerate it in the future (trying to hack my psoriasis and skin problems right now), I'll definitely be looking for a farm to buy it from next time.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Price is the main reason I don't get it very often (it's $7 per 1/2 gallon at the local WF), but it tastes fine to me and seems to be easier on my stomach. Still a bit wary of trying raw. For now I just stick to heavy cream for my liquid dairy fix.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:10 AM

The goaty flavor develops with age. Fresh goat milk doesn't taste goaty at all, but most store-bought goat milk is not particularly fresh. Presence of a buck supposedly also makes it more goaty. Doesn't seem to be an issue for us - the buck is in a separate pen, but only a few feet away, and our milk isn't goaty.

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I would fail udderly (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Raw goat's milk from our Farmer's Market (from a Motessori school farm, no less) is THE best milk I have ever had. Rich, easy to digest (even with my lactose-intolerance) and not "goaty" at all.

The casein in goat's milk is said to be easier to digest and therefore it can be used to make a reasonable substitute for baby formula.

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on May 18, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Sorry. Can't do it - love the stuff. Last night I had a bowl of the goats milk yogurt with fresh blackberries strawberries raspberries and a big fat spoonful of strawberry rhubarb puree that I made earlier in the day. Seriously delicious. BUT I will say that I won't say no to the moo milk if I'm out of the house.

I don't know who told you it was a bad choice, but here's a great paper via Science Daily that breaks it down nicely.

Also:

  1. The levels of Alpha s1 Casein in goat???s milk are about 89% less than cow???s milk providing a far less allergenic food.

  2. Goats milk is naturally homogenized.

  3. It has smaller fat globules as well as higher levels of medium chain fatty acids. This means that during digestion, each fat globule and individual fatty acid will have a larger surface-to-volume ratio resulting in a quicker and easier digestion process.

  4. Contains less lactose that cow milk so those who are lactose intolerant have an easier time digesting it.

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:26 AM

Goats milk has it's own set of proteins that you have to be ok with. Fats and lactose are similar. Fats are in a smaller globule size so they stay suspended more easily than cow milk (some claim this makes it easier to digest.)

Goaty flavor? Having drank goats milk (raw) for nearly 20 years now, I've only had one nasty glass, and that was because it was still colostrum. It's mostly sanitation issues that lead to poor flavor. That and rancid fats in the UHT pasteurized stuff you find in the store.

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on May 18, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Goats eat children.

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on May 18, 2012
at 07:57 AM

I drink goat's milk in the UK and it tastes so much better here than the Meyenberg stuff I bought in the states. Not really goaty at all. I think being local helps it. Also it is so so so much cheaper here, and I can easily buy goat's cream, butter and yogurt for really affordable prices.

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:23 AM

Wow where do you get all that stuff from?? Im in the UK

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on May 19, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Ocado has biggest range. Tesco, Asda, Spar, Waitrose, Morrissons all have goat milk. Tesco and Ocado online have goat butter. Have found goat butter at Morrisons, but couldn't find it the next time I shopped there.

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