Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk

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Let's be honest, everyone loves milk. You probably have childhood memories of waking up in the morning excited to get fresh milk poured into your cereal. Milk is an important part of our daily nutrition. Have you ever thought about goat milk? We know you've heard of it, but you're probably wondering if it's better than cow milk. We will find out what is better for you!

Goat Millk vs. Cow Milk

Goat milk contains less sugar: One cup of goat milk has 11 grams of sugar, which is one gram less than cow milk. That's a plus because decreasing your sugar (even by one gram) can help prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. (via Prevention)

Cow milk contains fewer calories: Think twice when you pick up that glass of goat milk. Even though it has its benefits in the sugar department, cow milk takes the lead when it comes to calories. One cup of cow milk has 19 fewer calories than goat milk, which contains 168 calories.

Goat milk is a little more pricey: Milk is already expensive, but cow milk usually costs around $1.50 per quart, whereas goat milk costs $3 for a quart. Thinking ahead to long term, it can put a little dent in your wallet.

Cow milk is harder to digest: Cow milk contains a sugar called lactose. People who are lactose intolerant will have a hard time digesting cow milk, and about 60 percent of people in the world are lactose intolerant. Goat milk contains less lactose than cow milk, which makes it easier to digest for people who suffer from lactose intolerance. (via USA Today and ABC News)

Goat milk has more calcium: Let's be honest, you've always been told that you need milk for strong bones. It's probably one of the main reasons why you drink it. Get this, one cup of goat milk has more calcium in it than cow milk. That's a shocker!

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Goat milk wins in potassium: Who would have ever thought that goat milk would knock cow milk out of the park in the potassium department? Potassium has its benefits because it helps keep the heart, the lifeline of your body, healthy!

Both are easy to get: If you are in the mood to buy goat milk or cow milk, both will be available at your local grocery or health food store. It’s right under your nose, literally!

Both cow milk and goat milk do the body good, but overall, goat milk is better for you. It depends on what your body can take. Like mentioned above, 60 percent of people in the world are lactose intolerant. If you are in that 60 percent, goat milk is right for you. If you fall under the 40 percent category of being able to digest lactose, then have at it with the cow milk. Choose wisely and enjoy!

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