I had heard on the Oprah show (my window to the world… just kidding, I have watched four episodes in the last six year) that grown-up humans can digest goat milk much, much better than regular cow’s milk. A good friend of mine became lactose-intolerant in her early 20s, and apparently it’s pretty common. As it turns out, all mammal babies produce an enzyme to metabolize a mother’s milk. As mammals get older, they no longer need that enzyme. Those who all of a sudden become lactose-intolerant stop producing that enzyme altogether. Did you know that the common belief that cats like milk is a bit of a misnomer? Kittens like milk, but older cats – not necessarily!
I decided to give goat milk a try; I tolerate regular milk just fine, but I was curious. I purchased a quart pictured here at Trader Joe’s. It was pricey – if my memory serves me right, it was around $3.50. Husband made a funny face, but I was excited about trying it! Well, it tastes very similar to cow’s milk, only a bit different. The difference is subtle and hard to describe, but I thought the milk was good! Other than that the consistency and color are identical to cow’s milk. I have to say that if you’re looking for a good milk substitute, this is a much better alternative to soy milk as far as taste goes! Soy milk is full of all sorts of good proteins, though, so I suppose there are tradeoffs.
Do you suppose this adorable chocolate swirl baby goat* will make chocolate swirl milk when it grows up?
*Picture source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9099757@N05/2342781829/