Nutrition & Food Science International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, February 2017
The worldwide distribution of goats was discussed leading to the justifiable assumption that more people drink goat milk or eat their products than any other milk after weaning from human nursing. Goats have had a superior growth rate in numbers compared to other milk producing domestic animals, especially in the developing countries with large population increases and high rates of undernutrition and malnutrition. Goat farming, especially with milking goats can be quite profitable regardless of country, if intensive types of management are practiced, leading to the prospect that for the increasing people populations there are increasing numbers of milk producing goats available to fight undernutrition and malnutrition. The choice for goat milk has at least three reasons,
- They are more adapted to severe climate and geological conditions than any other domestic milk producing mammal.
- They are easier and cheaper kept, especially by women and children than any other domestic milk producing mammal.
- Their milk has superior nutritional and health qualities compared to the milk of the other domestic milk producing mammals. Thus it can seriously be asked why does goat milk matter?
Keywords: Dairy goats; Cow milk allergy; Alpha-s-2 casein; Medium chain fatty acids; Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)