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Goat's Milk vs. Cow's Milk Digestion: How long does it take to digest milk?

حليب الماعز مقارنة بحليب البقر الهضم: كم من الوقت يستغرق هضم الحليب؟

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics , lactose intolerance is more common in older children and adults, but is not common before the age of 2 or 3. The protein in milk may be responsible for some of the cow's milk-related tummy troubles seen in youngsters.

The main proteins in milk

There are two main groups of proteins in cow and goat milk: whey and casein. Whey and casein both are composed of smaller, diverse micro-proteins. Whey proteins dissolve easily in water, while casein proteins aggregate into small clumps/molecules, to be soluble.

The acidic environment of the stomach helps break down whey and casein proteins; Whey proteins remain liquid in the stomach, and casein proteins 'clump' to form the curd.

Curd of milk in the abdomen

There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of the curds formed by casein proteins in the stomach, such as the number of a specific microprotein structure, alphaS1-casein, along with the size of the casein protein particles.

The higher amount of alpha-S1-casein protein in cow's milk, along with the smaller casein particle size, results in larger, stiffer curds. The combination of less alpha-S1-casein and a larger particle size of casein protein, as in goat 's milk , results in smaller, softer and smoother curds.

Smaller, softer and smoother curds, such as those formed in goat's milk protein, are usually easier to digest.

How long does it take to digest milk?

When it comes to the digestibility of milk, the quality of the milk curds formed in the abdomen is essential. How quickly the proteins are broken down may also have an effect.

A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition compared the mechanism of digestion in breast milk, compared to cow's milk and goat's milk for infants. The result of the study showed that the protein digestion mechanism of Kabrita goat milk for infants is similar to the protein digestion mechanism in breast milk, while the protein digestion mechanism in infant cow's milk lags behind in this comparison.

Other research has shown that goat's milk proteins degrade faster than cow's milk proteins in both the stomach and small intestine. Goat whey, in particular, is broken down and hydrolyzed more quickly than cow's milk whey.

Baby tummy troubles and milk

Parents don't like to see their little ones suffer from uncomfortable tummy symptoms. Determining the cause of abdominal trouble may require careful evaluation, so it is essential to work with a health professional.

A useful starting point to see a possible relationship between foods and symptoms is to keep a diet diary for 7 days (keep in mind that it may take a few days for symptoms related to food triggers to appear and develop). Since goat's milk protein forms a gentler coagulant in the tummy than cow's milk protein, it may be an ideal solution for children with tummy troubles associated with cow's milk consumption*. For a more in-depth look at minor problems in young children, please visit our Symptoms Spotlight pages.

Kabrita Goat Milk Infant Formula may be an ideal choice during transitional stages in feeding, such as weaning or as a supplement to breastfeeding when needed, or for those with minor issues associated with a cow's milk allergy*.

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* Not suitable for children with proven allergy to cow's milk protein.

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