Goat Milk: Fact and Fiction

by Carla Pietri November 07, 2014

We have had an amazing response to our gentle goat milk foods so far, and although many people understand goat milk is naturally easy to digest and a good alternative for people with cow milk sensitivity, there are still many misconceptions about the world’s most commonly consumed milk.

By Carla Pietri, RHN

Here are some of the questions we hear most often at KABRITA – we hope the answers help you make choices for your child with confidence and joy!

“Do your products taste ‘goaty’ or like goat cheese?”

No. Our goat milk does not taste ‘goaty’ or tangy at all! The taste of goat milk depends on the goat breed, how it is milked and how fresh it is. Ideally, goat milk is delicious, creamy and slightly richer than cow milk.

KABRITA Goat Milk Formula is made from fresh, premium goat milk from the Netherlands and the goat milk for our yogurt comes from a non-GMO Project Verified family farm. It has a mild, clean and sweet taste.

“Is there any milk in goat milk?”

It’s all milk, actually. While milk tends to imply cow milk, all mammals produce milk.

“Is goat milk dairy-free?”

No. All milk that comes from a mammal (sheep, goat, or cow) and their related products are classified as dairy.

“Is it a good solution for people with cow milk sensitivity?”

Yes, it is! Cow milk sensitivity – which is far more common than cow milk protein allergy – occurs when components of cow milk, either the fat, lactose or protein, or a combination of them are poorly digested. Symptoms are most often mild to moderate and may affect the skin, gut and lungs. These can include eczema, diaper rash, abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating, constipation, loose stools, colic, and lung and nasal congestion.

Many children with cow milk sensitivity thrive on goat milk. Read more about cow milk sensitivity here.

“Is goat milk suitable for people who are allergic to cow milk?”

No. A confirmed cow milk protein allergy (CMPA) is quite rare, affecting 2-3% of children under the age of six and can be very serious. Symptoms range from swelling around the mouth and difficulty swallowing, to severe diarrhea with blood in the stool and even, for some, anaphylactic shock. Because of the risk of a protein cross reactivity, goat milk is not an appropriate alternative for those diagnosed with cow milk protein allergy. Read more here.

“Does goat milk contain bovine growth hormone?”

No. Bovine growth hormone is for cows only. KABRITA Goat Milk Formula and KABRITA Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit come from Dutch and American farmers who go to great lengths to ensure goat milk ingredients are not exposed to antibiotics or growth hormones.

“Is goat milk a source of Vitamin D?”

To make it nutritionally suitable, all milk must be fortified with Vitamin D. KABRITA goat milk foods are fortified with all the essential nutrients your little one needs.

At KABRITA USA, we are here to provide the highest standard of goat milk nourishment and expert nutrition education. We love hearing from you so please keep your questions coming!

Carla Pietri is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Marketing Manager at KABRITA. 

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Carla Pietri
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