Use delicious goat milk kefir in smoothies for its tangy taste, beneficial bacteria, and high calcium content. For many people, it’s easier to digest than cows milk.
Similar to yogurt, kefir is a cultured dairy beverage that uses strains of bacteria which create a juicier yogurt-like beverage that you can drink or use as a base for smoothies. Cows milk kefir is available at most health food stores, and recently I’ve begun using Redwood Farms Goat Milk Kefir.
Goat’s milk may have advantages when it comes to allergies as it contains only minor amounts of the allergenic casein protein found in cow’s milk. Goat’s milk casein is more similar to human milk, but as always, you will have to try it for yourself to determine how it works for you.
Less lactose. Goat’s milk contains slightly lower levels of lactose (4.1 percent versus 4.7 percent in cow’s milk), which may be a small advantage in lactose-intolerant persons.
Different minerals. Although the mineral content of goat’s milk and cow’s milk is generally similar, goat’s milk contains 13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin.
It is also four times higher in copper. Goat’s milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk. However, cow’s milk contains five times as much vitamin B-12 as goat’s milk and ten times as much folic acid so don’t rely on it during pregnancy for folic acid intake.
To Your Best Health!
Cassandra Mick, CNE
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