One question that we are often asked by potential customers on our website is: "why do you use goat milk to make your fudge and not cow's milk"?. The simplest answer is that it's because we have been raising goats for years and we love them, but there is a lot more to it than that.
Goat milk is a popular alternative to cow's milk for people who are lactose intolerant or have sensitivities to dairy. Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder characterized by the inability to fully digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. People with lactose intolerance may experience unpleasant symptoms after eating cow's milk and are often looking for an alternative.
One reason why goat milk may be better for adults and kids with lactose intolerance is that it contains less lactose than cow's milk. Cow's milk contains almost 5% lactose, while goat milk contains about 4% lactose. This means that goat milk has less lactose than cow's milk. As a result, people with lactose intolerance may be able to tolerate goat milk better than cow's milk, but that's not all!
Another reason why we choose to use goat milk is because it may be much easier for some people to digest. Goat milk has smaller fat globules and a different protein structure than cow's milk, and many people who experience issues with cow's milk are able to eat food products containing goat milk without experiencing these problems. The proteins in goat milk, called caproic, caprylic, and capric acid, are shorter and much more easily broken down by the body than the proteins in cow's milk, called casein and whey. This can help reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance and allow people to continue to eat our confectionary, or other goat milk products.
Goat milk also contains other beneficial compounds that may help with digestion. For example, it contains a type of prebiotic called oligosaccharides, which help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Goat milk also contains higher levels of certain minerals, such as calcium and iron, which may be easier for the body to absorb than the minerals found in cow's milk.
The unique protein structure and beneficial compounds of goat milk can also help support healthy digestion. However, it is important to note that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. What we can proudly say is that we receive messages constantly from customers who were able to eat our goat milk confectionary without running into any of the issues they experience with cows milk. It puts a smile on our faces to be able to create unique products that everyone can enjoy however, we always recommend speaking with your healthcare provider about changes to your diet.