|Milk & Gruel Part II
What About Goat's Milk?
According to G. F. W. Haenlein Ph.D. and R. Caccese, on the "Differences
of Cow and Goat Milk," over 10 million cows are raised in the U.S.
to provide more than 125 billion pounds of milk annually. Yet on a world
wide basis, there are more people who drink the milk of goats than from
any other single animal.
In his Agriculturally geared report, Haenlein suggests that goat's milk
is a sufficient alternative for those with milk allergies. Yet, numerous
other resources render this disputable.
While it is more easily digested, the basic composition of goat's
milk is actually quite similar to cow's milk. It's feasible, that various
constituents of cow's milk that cause an allergic reaction may also be
present in goat milk. Studies by a group of European researchers, led by Dr. Luisa Businco of the University "La Sapienza," in Rome, concluded that
goat's milk can trigger serious allergic reactions in infants who are known to be sensitive to cow's milk.
Goat milk is also touted as having exceptional nutritional value over
cow's milk. For developed digestive systems there may be benefits, but
for tiny tummies it just doesn't measure up. Though goat's milk has greater
levels of vitamin A, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and niacin, the down
side is less iron, zinc, B6, and B12, which among other considerations,
makes it an insufficient alternative to formula.
Undoubtedly, there are numbers of children throughout the years that
have thrived on goat's milk, however, Parents Place Nutritionist, Sue
Gilbert, warns us that, "There is a real danger of dehydration if it
is used exclusively for very young infants because of the solute load and
the subsequent stress that it puts on the baby's kidneys."
In addition to the evident lack of sufficient nutritients in goat's
milk for infants, there is another hazard to consider if you're purchasing
unpasteurized goat's milk. Nannies (the common name for milk goats) can
become infected with brucellosis
and tuberculosis, which are both contagious to humans.
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Karen M. Kaplan MD,
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