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The New Milk You Must Try

Tell those other cartons to moo-ve over! This is the next big sip to hit the dairy section.

From cow's milk and soy milk to almond and banana milk (yes, that's really a thing), there definitely isn't a shortage of cereal companions on supermarket shelves.

And just when you thought you were privy to all the offerings, a new variety has debuted: goat milk. Yes, that's right, goat milk isn't just for cheese anymore. Cartons and byproducts of the stuff are slowly but surely popping up in grocery stores nationwide — and with good reason.

"Though cow's milk and goat's milk have similar nutritional profiles, the latter contains less lactose than the cow variety, so it's easier for those with lactose intolerance to stomach," explains Isabel Smith, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition. "For some people, this may help reduce the most common side effects of cow's milk including gas, bloating and congestion," she explains. "Plus, the protein that comes from goat's milk is easier for our bodies to use than plant protein, so it may aid muscle repair and regrowth post-exercise better than dairy-free milk alternatives." For this very reason, supplement company Naked Nutrition decided to produce a protein powder made from goat whey, a naturally occurring protein found in the milk.

"We were getting a lot of questions from people with varying degrees of lactose intolerance. This led us to seek out a protein that has all the nutritional benefits of a cow milk-based whey concentrate but is easier on the stomach — and goat milk was the answer," says Stephen Zieminski, the founder of the company. But it's not just a smart diet addition for those with allergies: "Though goat's milk and cow's milk are very similar, goat's milk contains more blood pressure-lowering calcium and linoleic acid," explains Zieminski. Linoleic acid has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, reduce body fat and help maintain lean body mass, so goat's milk and goat's milk byproducts can be a sound diet addition for those looking to lose weight or gain lean muscle mass.

Eat This! Tip

Looking to get in on the trend? Goat milk can be added to smoothies, cereal, coffee, overnight oats, or you can drink it right from the glass, just like traditional milk. Alternatively, you can pick up a container of goat-milk yogurt (we suggest sticking to low-sugar plain varieties) or try adding a goat protein powder to your post-workout shake.

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Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more