Let’s talk goat’s milk.

I never gave it much thought until I saw Dr. Oz talking about the “Blue Zones” – four global hot spots where many people don’t just live to be 100, they live to be 100 in good physical and mental health. They’re worki

ng, gardening, lifting cars with their bare hands, gambling, partying, hooking up and causing general geriatric mayhem.

In one of these hot spots, Sardinia, people drink a lot of goat’s milk, which researchers believe could protect against Alzheimer’s and heart disease. So, when Dana, the chef/recipe writer/blogger/cookbook author/food consultant behind Dana McCauley’s food blog, suggested that we try goat’s milk together, I was game. (Check out her blog to read about how she enjoyed our “mutual virgin goat milk experience.”) I grabbed a carton of Meyenberg® Fresh Whole Goat Milk and put it to the test, tasting it straight and using it to make a smoothie and ice cream.

Straight from the carton, goat’s milk doesn’t look much different from cow’s milk, but the flavor can differ from brand to brand. Some brands are sweeter, some saltier. The brand I tried, Meyenberg®, has a really fresh, bright flavor, and a slight aftertaste that reminds me of goat cheese. It’s not bad, just different. That’s why I don’t recommend haphazardly replacing cow’s milk with goat’s milk in any recipe. Would I use it to make a fruit smoothie? Yes. A not-too-sweet ice cream? Yes. But I’ve read several comments on other sites written by people who’ve had serious trouble using goat’s milk in puddings, so tread lightly there.

If you’re curious about the calories, cow’s milk and goat’s milk are very similar. An 8 oz. glass of whole cow’s milk has about 150 calories and 8 grams of fat. The same amount of goat’s milk has about 142 calories and 7 grams of fat.

OK, so why give goat’s milk a chance?

  1. Goat’s milk is the “milk of choice” for most of the world’s population. If you think cows are cleaner, you’ve never seen one clean its own nose. Hint: Cows don’t have Kleenex®. Don’t be a goat snob.
  2. Goat’s milk is easier to digest, especially for people who are lactose-intolerant and/or have ulcers. Also, goat’s milk doesn’t cause phlegm the way cow’s milk can, so it’s easier to drink when you have a cold or allergies.
  3. Goat’s milk has no preservatives, no antibiotics and, naturally, no Bovine Growth Hormones.
  4. Goat’s milk is higher in calcium, vitamin B6 and vitamin A.
  5. Researchers believe goat’s milk is better than cow’s milk at preventing iron deficiency and bone softening.

Goat’s milk is not going to replace cow’s milk in the U.S., but its health benefits should encourage more people to give it a try – especially those who are lactose-intolerant or interested in protecting themselves against Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Have you tried goat’s milk? If so, what did you think? If not, what’s holding you back, you big, goat-hatin’ wuss?

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

From Rebecca Crump (

Serves 1

  • 1 cup goat’s milk (or other milk)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.