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    last night at the international festival here i met some crunchy people and asked where i could find raw cows milk for not so much money, and they said they didnt have any but they had raw goats milk for 5 bucks a gallon! which i think is awesome and totally do-able. anyways, is goats milk better than cows milk?
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    Quite possibly.

    Many people report it as being more digestible for them - same with ewes' milk.

    Nothing definite but this may be an issue with the proteins. Some, but not all, breeds of cows yield milk with a form of beta-casein that has what seems to be a rather unfortunate mutation:

    Some five thousand years ago, a mutation occurred in this proline amino acid, converting it to histidine. Cows that have this mutated beta casein are called A1 cows, and include breeds like Holstein.

    The side chain that comes off this amino acid is called BCM 7. BCM 7 is a small protein (called a peptide) that is a very powerful opiate and has some undesirable effects on animals and humans.
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    Not all cows' milk has this problem - Jersey milk doesn't, for example. No goats' milk has the problem.

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    • #3
      Goats milk is nutritionally better because its more easily digested. I prefer the taste too, annoying that its more expensive though
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      • #4
        If you haven't already tasted it, I'd suggest trying it first. It's a very different taste! More suited to savoury than sweet, I find - which is pretty handy for Primal, come to think of it.

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        • #5
          I'm just appaled at how expensive it is. It's like $9 for a half gallon at the local co-op. Maybe I'd consider it if I almost never drank milk, but right now there's no way I'm paying almost $20 a gallon when raw cows milk costs less than half that.

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          • #6
            im lactose intolerant to cows milk...ive never had any raw milk...
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            • #7
              If you can get goats milk, buy it.

              Might take you a little to get used to it but once you do it's so much better. Hard to get here in Australia as most of it goes to cheese making. In spring they don't have much to spare as they are feeding their kids.

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              • #8
                i bought some raw goat milk and raw goat yoghrt from a biodynamic farm the other week. I REALLY wanted to like it, but unfortunatelyt it tasted weird to me...i agree with the more "savory" than sweet description. It just tasted funky. It may be the diet of the goats though, so maybe not all goat milk is the same.

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                • #9
                  If I didn't have Hashi's I'd be living off goat dairy LOL, I love it that much!
                  When I went through a divorce, my youngest son was little and he wouldn't take my expressed milk when he went to his dad's for a few days. We ended up giving him raw goats milk. He loved it so much and still does. I make raw goat kefir for my family, it's freaking great tasting (to us).

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                  • #10
                    I'm so jealous that you can get raw goat's milk that cheaply!! I'd go for it! I like goat dairy (and sheep dairy, too).
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hippynelli84 View Post
                      im lactose intolerant to cows milk...ive never had any raw milk...
                      Reportedly a lot of people who are lactose intolerant for cow's milk do fine even with raw cow milk.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jenny View Post
                        Reportedly a lot of people who are lactose intolerant for cow's milk do fine even with raw cow milk.
                        thats cool but the nearest raw cow milk farm is like 1 1/2 hr versus the 20 minute drive for goats
                        Last edited by hippynelli84; 09-26-2010, 08:17 PM.
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                        • #13
                          i've been drinking local goat's milk for a while now. i've heard all sort of benefits for goat's milk over cow's milk. one is that it is less acidic than cow's milk and can actually help settle an upset tummy rather than cause one. i love it!
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                          • #14
                            Raw milk from pastured cows tastes like flowers!! It is wholly different from grocery store milk. It reacts in the body differently, is a 'live' food since the components have not been killed via pasteurization. I LOVE the taste. But remember, the cows have to be grass-fed. Grain fed cows give milk that is GIGO,

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hippynelli84 View Post
                              thats cool but the nearest raw cow milk farm is like 1 1/2 hr versus the 20 minute drive for goats
                              it depends on what sort of intolerance you have though. if you get tummy pains and diarhorrea, you're lacking the necessary enzyme (lactase) to digest the sugar and it won't matter if the milk is raw or not, goat or cow or human. You'll still get the pains (though you can get the enzyme, put some in the milk and pre-digest the sugar).

                              You can also be intolerant to the protein (rather than the sugar) and this shows as respiratory symptoms (runny nose etc). Going to raw may help (though for my kids, it didn't. Neither did trying other milks, but for many it can work).

                              We're very lucky, our raw milk costs $1 a litre (the kids are now longer CMPI so can drink it)

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