Goat Protein Vs Whey Protein Supplements

Goat Protein or Dairy Protein
Unless you’ve grown up consuming goat products, the whole idea of goat milk and goat milk containing products may seem a bit off.

In America at least, dairy milk is king. Any differentiation from that, even the consideration of almond or coconut milk alternatives appear as a radical tinfoil hat man or cat lady playbook move. Not something socially acceptable.

But at the same time, things are changing.

Every day we are learning about how more and more foods in our grocery stores are not actual healthy foods. How processing and freezing destroys nutrients, how pesticides and growth hormones linger, and how dairy homogenization may not be completely harmless.

Interestingly enough, unless you are buying organic grass fed milk or grass fed isolate whey protein – your dairy products contain all 4 of those questionable factors.

Consider This:

  1. The grains stockpiled to feed cows are grown in fields maintained by pesticides and herbicides.
  2. Mainstream cows are then fed this grain, and given growth hormones (rBST) to speed up the growth process and output.
  3. The harvested milk is then homogenized and pasteurized in large storage containers.

The ultimate result of all this?

Lingering trace amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and growth hormones in your milk alongside free radical proteins created by inevitable denaturation through homogenization and pasteurization practices.

Granted, pasteurization and homogenization are necessary large-scale manufacturing techniques to eradicate bacteria and ensure desired consistency in your milk products, shouldn’t it be the only evil present?

What can we do to get the most ‘natural’ milk products?

Checklist for Grass Fed Cow and Goat Milk Protein

First off – Eliminate the Grain

Grass fields rarely require pesticides and herbicides. Grains on the other hand use both pesticides and herbicides as standard procedure (unless deemed organic).

Many milk products have grass fed options in grocery stores. Even more so online if you are looking for protein powders.

Goats, as you would expect typically live by a forage style diet, similar to the grass fed standard.

If you would like to see some statistics on pesticide residues found in milk, view this pdf by The Organic Center. Of interest, is 2004 and 2005s statistics, where some pesticides were found in 98.5% of milk samples… Versus 17% in 1996.

Second – No Growth Hormones (rBST)

Most mainstream dairy producers subject their cows to the growth hormone rBST (short for bovine somatotropin). By giving them this growth hormone, milk output is substantially increased. Artificial hormone rBST (and rBGH) are approved by the FDA, but illegal to use in Canada, New Zealand, and many other countries.

While rBST and rBGH are not used in goats, there are alternatives made for goats which may be used as the goat product market picks up. Luckily many goat product makers are proud to market zero use of artificial hormones. Likewise, hormone free dairy products are readily available via Canada and New Zealand.

Lastly, Homogenization – A Necessary Evil for Dairy Only

Dairy milk has to be homogenized if it’s going to be shelf kept. This is due to the varying layers of fats and proteins present in dairy milk. In order to deliver a standardized product, dairy makers homogenize milk; which is essentially mixing it until all is equal (and stays that way).

Goat’s milk on the other hand does not require mechanical homogenization, as it is already a uniform substance.

This is due to far less casein as well as smaller fat molecules. Both of these traits combined mean the milk does not separate. This, as well as a massive reduction in lactose is why goat’s milk is recommended to those with milk allergies and general troubles digesting dairy.

Enjoy Healthier Milk Products (Dairy and Goat)

The ideas here that we’ve discussed, and you have entertained – suggest that switching directly to goat milk and goat whey products is a smart choice, but also not necessary if you choose your dairy sources correctly.

Despite industrialization of cattle and essentially a cow market monopoly (70% of beef owned by 4 men), it is still possible to find healthy dairy products.

For milk, consider organic grass fed options. For whey protein, products utilizing whey isolate sourced from New Zealand grass-fed cows are the gold standard, like Transparent Labs 100% Grass Fed Whey that we feature on the 10 best protein powder supplements.

If you would like to try something new, with a slightly different flavor (or if digesting milk isn’t your specialty) goat milk and goat milk products are a fantastic option for a hearty dairy alternative that plant based options simply cannot match.

For goats milk protein recommendations, look towards companies like Terra’s Whey who boast the healthy and happy upkeep of their small goat herds.

No matter what, always do your research and never trust lightly when it comes to finding the healthiest foods for your body. Federal regulation is for the masses, made by corporate interests. In order to live the best life, realize that your standards are higher than their and hold your consumable purchases accountable to that.

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