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In recent years there is more and more talk of the virtues derived from the consumption of goat milk, which represents a valid alternative to the consumption of cow's milk. But ... can children also consume it?
Many inhabitants of adult Mediterranean countries are used to the powerful flavor of goat cheese, although the fresh milk of this mammal is not so famous. As it is a stronger flavor, it is more complex to introduce into infant food. Let's go on to analyze some of its characteristics and contribution of goat's milk in infant feeding.
Goat's milk, despite its strong flavor, is a very beneficial food for children. Here are their contributions to infant nutrition:
- Fats The global lipid content of goat's milk is higher than that of cow's milk, although in goat's milk there is a greater amount of omega 6 fatty acids (which are heart-healthy). In addition, the amount of cholesterol is between 30 and 40% lower than in cow's milk.
- Proteins The overall protein content is similar to that of cow's milk, although, qualitatively speaking, it contains less alpha1 casein and zero beta1 casein. Even so, the consumption of goat milk is discouraged in children allergic to cow's milk proteins, since up to 20% of them may have cross reactions.
- Sugars Goat's milk has less lactose than cow's milk. Therefore, it may suit patients with a partial intolerance better than the latter, but not those with a total intolerance.
- Minerals Goat's milk contains the same amount of calcium, more copper, less iron, and less selenium than cow's milk.
- Vitamins Goat's milk contains more vitamin A, and a slightly higher amount of vitamin B2 and D. On the other hand, the content of B12 and folic acid is significantly lower than that of cow's milk.
In summary: the composition of goat milk raises some interesting stuff theoretically:
- More omega 6 fatty acids.
- Lower amount of lactose.
- More vitamins A and D.
However, goat milk also includes some disadvantages:
- Less vitamin B12.
- Less folic acid.
We analyze its advantages and disadvantages in this way, without at the present time there being consistent evidence to recommend its widespread use from a medical point of view.
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