More and more supermarkets and grocery stores are stocking goat milk products. If you can’t decide whether usual cow’s or goat’s milk and other dairy products are healthier, here’s some guidance!
1. Goat cheese is lower in fat and cholesterol
Goat cheese has a much lower fat content than cow’s cheese. It contains medium and short chain fatty acids, which are much easier to digest. Goat cheese contains only 6.9 grams of saturated fat per serving, while cow’s cheese contains 28 grams. The less saturated fat we eat, the lower the risk of heart disease and liver damage.
2. Goat cheese contains less sodium
The recommended daily sodium intake for adults is 2,300 mg, but it is much safer to reduce it to 1,500 mg. Excess sodium in the body can cause serious diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney failure.
However, too little sodium in the diet can be just as dangerous. Goat cheese may be a better choice because it contains only 320 mg of sodium, while cheddar cheese, for example, has 820 mg of sodium per 30 grams.
3. Goat cheese also contains other types of casein
Casein is a type of protein found in both cow’s and goat’s milk and contributes significantly to the high protein content of cheese.
The type of casein found in cow’s cheese increases the risk of type 1 diabetes and insulin resistance, while the casein variant in goat’s cheese (A2 beta casein) protects against diabetes and improves insulin resistance.
4. Goat cheese is richer in nutrients
Even though goats are herbivores just like cows, goat cheese contains many more nutrients than cow’s cheese. In fact, it helps the absorption of nutrients from other foods.
Goat’s cheese is an excellent source of vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin K, folic acid, and niacin, preventing weakening of the skeletal system and the formation of blood clots. Goat’s cheese is rich in phosphorus, calcium, iron, copper, and magnesium, which is why it ensures optimal functioning of digestive enzymes, and it also regulates hormone levels.