I often get asked about recommendations for cow’s milk alternatives. Whether this be because people have an allergy to cow’s milk or finding that they don’t digest cow dairy products too easily or simply that they are looking to change for other health benefits including eczema, bloatedness or asthma. It is important to state that if you have a diagnosed cow milk allergy, you may not find a relief in your symptoms with goats milk as some of the proteins are similar and it is best to talk to your dietitian/consultant before changing your diet.
I have happily had goat’s milk in my diet for the last 6 years. I have it for milk, butter and cheese. To be honest I cannot see me changing back to cow’s milk. I could happily drink it in tea or have goat’s milk in my cereal but understand that the taste can take a bit of getting used to for some people. I was surprised how easily I took to it, given that I hate the smell and aftertaste of strong soft goats cheese.
There are many plus points to using goat’s dairy products
- Fats and proteins are more easily digested
- Lower amount of lactose
- Lower in cholesterol
- Less allergenic proteins
Goat’s milk dairy products are readily available in most supermarkets with some even doing their own brand version. In the Fifi Friendly household we all have goats milk, although it is more expensive, it works better for us. We tend to have a lot St Helen’s Farm products in our fridge, whether it be hard cheese, butter, yoghurt, cream or Milk (which comes in Whole, Semi Skimmed or Skimmed). They do a great range and I was delighted to see that they now have Ice Cream on their product list to, although it is not stocked near us so we have not been able to try it yet. (www.sthelensfarm.co.uk).
Marks and Spencers also stock their own brand of goat’s milk and at the time of writing they had an offer on for 2 for £2. Great deal. We bought the semi skimmed carton.
I personally like the taste of goat’s milk. I find it light in flavour and creamy. It is pasteurised and homogenised so you don’t have to shake the carton to mix it. I have also noticed a difference in the kids have less eczema and upset stomachs….. can’t complain about that!