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Why Raw Goat Milk – Should You Be Drinking Goat Milk?

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Raw Goat Milk - should you really be drinking it? #goatmilk #raw milkRaw goat milk is all the rage in the more natural “hippie” groups that share our planet, and you may be wondering why. “Well, let me tell you”, says Hart Nana, smiling…

Why Drink Raw Goat Milk

Raw goat milk called the “universal milk” because it is easily digestible, garners fans around the world. Having fat smaller than that of, say, cow’s milk it naturally mixes more evenly throughout the milk.  Because the fat globules are smaller they are easier to digest and they stay suspended in the milk so there is no need for homogenization.  I think that raw goat milk should be labeled “best next to mother’s own”, but that is just my opinion. Being natural you don’t have to worry about all of the chemicals that constitute the majority of baby formulas on the market. Have you ever considered that a baby goat is much closer in size to a human than a baby cow? That alone, should convince you drinking cow’s milk is probably not in  your best interest.

Benefits of Goat Milk

Raw goat milk provides the nutritional benefits of calcium, amino acids, protein, phosphorus, riboflavin, potassium, vitamin A,  along with other vitamins and minerals.

Long favored by cattle owners and even equestrian farms when the mom’s are unable to feed their babies, raw goat milk provides the best substitute. People, too,  make baby formula out of raw goat milk. Because there are a couple difference between raw goat milk and mother’s milk, a few extras need to be added. This goat milk formula put together by the doctors Sears includes pasteurized goat milk because there are many who want to use goat milk for their baby formula but do not have goats.

Use Goat Milk Topically

There are many benefits to using goat’s milk topically. As it is easy to incorporate into soap this this recipe, you can take advantage of these benefits daily.

  1. Maintains thе ѕkіnѕ’ рH level.
  2. Prevents ѕkіn рrоblеmѕ.
  3. Mоіѕturіzеr fоr ѕеnѕіtіvе ѕkіn.

Goat Milk Baby Formula Recipes

Goat’s Milk Recipes

Note: Always consult your healthcare provider before feeding any recipes to infants as a formula. Raw (unpasteurized) goat milk may be unsafe for infants, so be sure to use a pasteurized brand.

MEYENBERG POWDERED GOAT MILK
BEGINNING RECIPE
(12 oz container) Powdered Goat Milk
6 Scoops (84 g)
Water
36 oz.
Rice Syrup
6 ½ Tbsp.
Calories (per oz.)
20
As baby matures during their first year, gradually increase ratio of powder to water until whole milk level is reached (see below). Discontinue adding rice syrup (carbohydrates).
To reconstitute to Whole Milk
Powdered Goat Milk
8 scoops (112 g)
Water
32 oz.
Calories (per oz.)
19
MEYENBERG EVAPORATED GOAT MILK
BEGINNING RECIPE
Evaporated Goat Milk
12 oz.
Water
24 oz.
Rice Syrup
5 Tbsp.
Calories (per oz.)
20
As baby matures during their first year, gradually increase ratio of evaporated goat milk to water until whole milk level is reached (see below). Discontinue adding rice syrup (carbohydrates).
To reconstitute to Whole Milk
Evaporated Goat Milk
12 oz
Water
12 oz.
Calories (per oz.)
19

Alternative carbohydrates include corn syrup and simple table sugar.
Table Sugar = 48 calories per Tbsp.
Corn Syrup = 60 calories per Tbsp.
Rice Syrup = 42 calories per Tbsp.
NOTE: Any time goat milk is the sole source of nutrition, we recommend the feeding of a vitamin supplement. Always consult your healthcare provider before using goat milk formula.

Get Your Milk Tested

If you are going to consume raw milk it is highly recommended that you have your milk tested by the USDA. Though in many states it is illegal to sell raw goat milk for human consumption, in Idaho they offer a small herd exemption. All of our goats are tested and the milk that we sell is tested once a month too.

Lactose Intolerant?

A small note of warning, goat’s milk does have lactose in it so if you are lactose intolerant you might want to start out slowly with it.

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Good Milk Bad Milk A Look At the Raw Milk Industry

Is Raw Milk Good Milk or Bad Milk?

Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, who is against the availability and sale of raw milk and Doug Stephan who is for the sale of and availability of raw milk debate the benefits and hazards of selling raw milk across the board in the United States. Currently raw milk is only available for sale, legally, in 10 states – on farm sales in 15 states.

The debate over raw milk is heating up. A study released by CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in February 2012 examined the number of dairy outbreaks in the United States during a 13-year period. Between 1993 and 2006, 60% (73/121) of dairy-related outbreaks reported to CDC were linked to raw milk products. But according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the CDC has manipulated this data to make raw milk look dangerous, simultaneously dismissing similar dangers associated with pasteurized milk.[read the rest of the article here]

There is a bill (1830) before congress now that addresses the legality of selling raw milk in all states.  As most of  you all know I am definitely in the raw milk is good camp so long as the conditions that the cows (or goats) are maintained in are clean. Living in a dairy community, I do see many dairy farmers that allow their cows to live in some pretty deplorable conditions.

Perhaps allowing raw producers to compete directly with destined for  pasteurization dairies might encourage the later to clean up their act. This in turn would benefit the cows and the population.

What is your opinion? Let us know in the comment section below…should dairies be allowed to sell raw milk in the US?