Goat Milk Nutrition Facts
Basic milk nutrition facts are widely recognized through daily media advertising: high in protein and calcium, etc. But, beyond that, what's really important to know about the nutritional value in milk?
And, what do we really mean when we say that milk is "nutritious"?
At the basic level, "nutritious" simply means that a food provides nutrients, which are any substances needed by the body for growth or maintenance. These nutrients are categorized into six groups: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water.
Theoretically, then, any food that merely supplies any of these nutrients is nutritious.
Of course, with this definition, nearly anything we put in our mouths could be labeled nutritious!
Mandatory nutritional food labels, along with organized educational efforts, have made the names of many nutrients very familiar to most of us, even if we're not always sure of the implications of the numbers we find. (For example, "Is 1000 mg of sodium a lot?" asked my daughter as she was reading a food label recently. Yikes!)
And, if you search the internet for facts about goat milk, you usually end up with something very general, like, "Goat milk is high in protein!" Or worse, you're shown a table for milk nutrition facts that's full of meaningless number values for words like "manganese" and "pantothenic acid. "
Now, can you tell me--honestly--What has manganese done for you lately?
If you can't answer that, then it really doesn't matter whether I tell you goat milk has a lot of it or a little of it, does it? Or that the USDA published content of manganese for goat milk is 0.044 mg per cup...
What most people mean when they say "nutritious," is really "healthy"--not merely supplying nutrients, but actually promoting good health.
Note: Speaking of health, you may also be interested in reading about the health benefits from the Greek Mediterranean diet along with great healthy and delicious recipes from My Greek Recipes.
If you're looking for the short answer to the question:
"Is goat milk nutritious?"
...meaning, of course, "Does it promote good health?"
The answer is an indisputable, "YES!".
But, I don't just want you to take my word for it. I want you to know for yourself the facts behind the answer.
So, on this page, you'll find detailed articles on all the important goat milk nutrition facts that make it one of the healthiest natural foods there is.
When you finish reading about the nutritional aspects, you may want to continue learning more about the specific Health Benefits of Goat Milk.
First, check out these overview articles...
Let's get started! This headline article will give you a good look at the overall composition of goat milk, how it varies, and why. Learn also how scientists use this knowledge to manipulate the composition of goat milk to produce some astounding health benefits!
Find out about each of the categories of nutrients contained in goat milk and how their special properties relate to goat milk nutrition by reading this article.
Goat Milk vs Cow Milk: A Quick Comparison
In industrialized countries, cow's milk enjoys a far greater popularity than goat milk. This means that when most people ask about the nutrition facts for goat milk, they are primarily interested in one thing:
How is it different from cow's milk?
Read this article for an overview of the nutritional differences between the two.
Now, for the details!
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation in this era of low-carb diets. Find out about the different kinds of carbohydrates and how carbs in milk can help your body with its energy needs.
Low-fat, no-fat is all the rage these days, but fat is actually a key ingredient to your body's health. Goat milk nutrition facts wouldn't be complete without a discussion on milk fat. This article explains how your body needs fat, and how goat milk fat is uniquely tailored to provide a wide range of health benefits.
We all know protein is needed to build muscle, but not all forms of protein are alike. In this article, you'll learn how and why goat milk proteins are more easily absorbed and cause fewer allergic reactions than other forms of protein.
How does goat milk compare to cow's milk when it comes to getting your daily vitamins? Get a side-by-side comparison for each major vitamin in this article.
Minerals are used only in tiny amounts by our bodies, but those small amounts make a BIG difference in maintaining a healthy body. Mineral by mineral, this article explains why you need each, and how goat milk compares to cow's milk as a mineral food source.
After learning the goat milk nutrition facts from the above articles, it should be apparent that goat milk supplies many important nutrients in significant amounts--so, yes, it is nutritious by almost any definition!
Do you like charts and tables?
Then you may be interested in viewing the following:
USDA Goat Milk Table of Nutrient Values
USDA Cow Milk Table of Nutrient ValuesThese tables show you information that was generated by the USDA's National Nutrient Database, a pretty cool site to find out the nutritional content of just about any food.
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