Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I have never really been a fan of dairy. My vegetarianism changes with the seasons of my life. I have been pescatarian, vegan, back to pescatarian...vegetarian... pescatarian while pregnant...vegan...vegetarian...etc. But amongst all this flippant behaviour, I have always made a very conscious effort to decrease the amount of dairy in my diet. The exception to this rule is goat's milk, goat's yoghurt and goat's cheese. Deliciously creamy and a much more healthy alternative to cow's milk, goat's milk is a beautiful and enriching addition to your diet, as long as with all things, it is consumed in moderation.

Please note, I always buy organic in the hopes and belief that organic dairy farmers take more responsibility for and holistic care of the animals.

Here are a few of the believed (and in my view, experienced) benefits of goat's milk:

*Goat's milk has smaller fat globules than cow's milk which is easier on the human digestive system. Because of this, it is believed that goat’s milk may reduce the possibility of allergies, asthma and other ailments. Children and adults who are allergic (lactose intolerant) to cows milk often thrive on goat's milk.

*Compared to (cow's) cream cheese, goat cheese is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol and provides more calcium and fewer carbohydrates.

*Goat's milk soaps is used to treat skin problems including eczema, acne and dry sensitive skin.

For some more very useful information on goat's milk, see this website for details. If you have any insights with your or your children's experiences with goat's versus cow's milk please share!!

xo m.


ladybug said...

I have asthma and as a child drank goats milk (a lot of it !). My father went to the local shop to buy a pint of goats milk to try it out but changed his mind and came back with actual goats ! They became my pets but were quite labor intensive as I had to milk them every day after school. It did definitely help the asthma eventhough I would still get attacks from time to time they were less frequent. The taste was fine too, I never noticed any difference.

Cass said...

Just wondering, at what age did you become vegetarian (or were you brought up vegetarian from birth)? And is Brad vegetarian too?

Michelle said...

An interesting post. Thanks for link. I love goat cheese and we have some very good cheesemakers nearby. I've never tried goats milk though,I wonder how would it go in a latte?

We have our organic cows milk delivered each week, which we love, but would be interesting to try and cut and include more goat and see how it effects Hugo's eczema.

By the way, Elsa calls vegetarians that eat fish vegequariums, such a cute name!

ecoMILF said...

Cass- I orginally became a vegetarian in high school, then vegan in university, then went all the way back to the dark side for a year after that, then back to veganism, then pescatarianism while pregnant and now a vegetarian who eats an oyster or mussel from time to time. You can read about my thoughts on vegetarianism in my post about "the vegetarian child". I was a born and raised meat eater and associate all that yuckiness (sausages, hot dogs, burgers) with feel good childhood memories, which is why I am so adamant we give our children's tastebuds a peaceful chance. I still crave the idea of meat from time to time even though even the most conservative doctor has told me the vegetarian diet is the healthiest by far.

Hope this answers a few questions. Oh, and no- Brad is not a vegetarian. He eats meat when he goes out for meals but we don't have any meat in the house. Ever. I'll convert him... one day. But it's a very personal and life changing decision.

xo m.

Andréann said...

My boyfriend is lactose intolerant, I'll have to make him try it out! We're still seeking for an healthier diet.

Kristi said...

goat cheese is my favorite thing ever.

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