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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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Cereal In A Bottle?
Milk & Gruel Part III

What About Cow's Milk?
Milk & Gruel Part I

Cow's, Goat's or Mom's Milk?
Karen M. Kaplan MD, Pediatrician

Milk Allergy/Intolerance
From Allergies @ About


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