“ Fresh, natural goats milk is a wholesome alternative to cows milk and can be used in exactly the same way. It is a fresh, mild tasting milk and St Helen's Farm can offer both whole and semi-skimmed goats milk in either 750ml or 1 litre size cartons. „
I suffer from chronic sinusitis and one of the food ingredients which annoys my sinuses and makes them worse is dairy. Even though dairy is one of my favourite food groups as I just love cheese, I tend to limit my dairy intake. Last week when my sinuses happened to be bad, by chance I happened to come across this St Helen's Goats Milk in Sainsburys. My acupuncturist told me that I should try goats milk as it would be easier on my sinuses than cow's milk. So I decided to give this goats milk a go. I paid £1.55 for this 1 litre carton.
In appearance, the goat's milk looks exactly like cow's milk. They're both white and look a similar consistency. But what's the difference? This goat's milk does seem a lighter than cows milk - it's definitely not as heavy. At the same time it also tastes quite creamy. I tend to have this goats milk in my tea and find that it really adds flavour to a cuppa - in fact I have it in my tea now because I like the taste, not just because of health reasons.
I like goat's cheese and can understand why some people don't like it because it has a funny tang to it. So I expected this milk to have that similar goats cheese tang and so was a bit afraid of having it on its own as I thought it would taste 'goaty' - however, whilst it does have a tiny, tiny, slightly goat-cheese taste it's not bad at all. In fact I find it very likeable. It reminds me very much of UHT milk - the little cartons of milk you get in hotel rooms.
A 250ml glass of this milk will provide you with 109 calories, 7.5g of protein and 10.8g of carbohydrates, all of which is of sugars. Nutritionally, this milk is good for you. I have heard that it is better than cow's milk - as a cow's milk is designed to help a little calf grow into a big cow and so it is suggested that there is 'too much' in cow's milk for a human, whereas a goat is much smaller and so it's needs are similar to a human's needs and therefore it is said that goats milk is better suited to the human body.
This milk is available in full fat or semi-skimmed. It is also suitable for freezing, however I have never actually tried freezing it.
So all in all, I would definitely recommend this goats milk.
Thanks for reading!
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I have had a dairy allergy since a child, but have discovered that I am allergic to cow's milk, but not goats and sheep milk. The availability of goats and sheep dairy products have increased greatly in recent years.
I am currently pregnant and therefore need to have a lot more calcium than I did previously. So I am drinking a lot of the goats milk. We normally buy the St Helen's range. I also buy the cheese and yogurt.
The 1L carton is £1.34 normally. More expensive than cows milk, but nicer than some non dairy alternatives.
I have used soya milk in the past, and rice milk, but the nice things about the goats milk is that it can be used in mostly the same way for cooking etc, whereas soya and rice do not act in the same ways.
I have not had cows milk for a long time, but I think the taste of the goats milk is very similar. It is quite creamy, and not too strong tasting. I would recommend this product to anyone, especially those that are unable to have cow's milk products.
Think of the size of a cow. Now, think of the size of a human.
This is what my cousin, who is a nutritionist, was saying to me when we were discussing my diet informally. She suggested that people drink too much cow's milk nowadays and that cows milk is naturally aimed at calves who need to grow exponentially to become fully fledged cows or bulls.
Yet we as humans keep drinking reams and reams of cows milk even as adults.
That said, we all know about the massive health benefits of drinking milk - all the calcium for healthy bones and teeth, the vitamins etc. My cousin wasn't telling me to stop drinking milk, just to cut down on it (I do like a glass of milk, plus I have cereal every day with milk, plus milk in drinks... it does add up). She suggested I try goats milk, since they are much smaller, so there is all the benefits but without any hormones designed to make you bigger.
I should say at this point, that this is intended as a review and an understanding of why I tried goats milk, not a scientific study of the health benefits or dangers of drinking too much milk (I'm sure other reviews have already spelled out the benefits they have felt).
So I thought I'd give it a go, having nothing to lose, and willing to see. I got the 1L carton from Tesco and tried it on my cereal in the morning.
People have told me in the past that goats milk is anything from salty to bitter to sweet, but I found I couldn't tell much difference! It's slightly milder, but still has the fresh taste that cows milk has. It's probably a little less creamy. The one difference is that after a glass of goats milk, there is less of that mucousy feeling you sometimes get after a lot of cows milk. I guess it feels a little bit 'lighter'.
I've used it as a direct replacement for all the cases where I would normally use cows milk (although I've not given up on cows, I still have their milk when I'm not at home or have run out of goats milk!).
I should point out that we still have cows milk in the house because my girlfriend doesn't like the goats milk. She says it tastes a little like off milk, but I can't see it myself, and since she's not writing this review she doesn't get to have a say! ;)
I buy semi skimmed milk, and I think there is a whole milk option. I don't think they do skimmed milk yet, but I could be wrong. Semi skimmed is fine for me though, because, like I say, it's a direct replacement for cows milk and I always have semi skimmed from them. Referring back to my comment about cows milk being creamy, I guess if you like that taste you could always go up to whole goats milk. For me, I'd rather stick with the semi skimmed.
The side of the St Helens Farm Goats Milk carton asks you to give goats a go, and has lots of information on people who've had health benefits, and also has some recipes.
I'd reccomend anyone to try giving goats a go... you have nothing to lose!
Ever since I can remember I have been allergic to Cows milk. As a toddler growing up my mum really struggled to find alternatives that I could eat that wouldn't make me ill. Now I'm in my 20's my allergies are much better and I can now eat cows milk, which is great news as i'm a chocolate addict lol, but I just have to be careful not to have too much. This means that if I had cows milk on my cereal every morning I would end up with problems again.
No-one is going to come between me and my morning cereal though....being my favourite meal of the day I was not going to let a little thing like stomach cramps get in the way. I I have tried all the alternatives, soya milk etc and my general opinion is.... it tastes disgusting. Believe me it is no substitute for milk, it tastes nothing like it.
So you can imagine my excitement to discover I could drink goats milk. As it is something only specifially in cows milk that irritates me I can eat and drink as much goats milk products that I want. But the best thing is that it actually tastes like milk!!!! It has a much more delicate flavour than cows milk, its not nearly as sweet. But it tastes raelly yummy on cereal. And you can use it the same as you would any milk, you can use it in tea and you can use it for cooking.
St helens is the only brand I have found is consistently available in a variety of shops and is the only brand I have found that sells all types of milk, whole, semi-skimmed and even skimmed.
What I love most about St helens as a brand though, is that they sell lots of other goats milk products as well. I have bought their cooking butter, yoghurts, both plain and flavoured and cheese. All delicious and all available in most large supermarkets. I regularly buy it form Tesco's but I know that you can buy it in Asda and Sainsbury's.
It is slightly more expensive than cows milk, but costs the same as other speciality milks like soya milk, approx £1.34 for 1litre depending on the shop.
Some time ago hubby was working in the concrete industry, well as anyone will tell you as well as being a dirty and dusty job the concrete dust seemed to affect his skin. Often his skin would erupt into sore scaly patches that were irritating for him, he paid a visit to his GP who thought he may well be suffering from stress related eczema. The Doctor gave him a special oil to use in his daily bath and advised that he change from using cows milk to goats milk.
At the time a friend who I worked with ran a small holding and that included goats and she very kindly said that she would bring me in fresh goats milk to see if it helped solve his skin problem. Apparently it is well known that skin irritations respond well to the use of goats milk.
I had no idea that the flavour of goats milk can be affected by what the goats eat and what these goats had been eating was anybody's guess!
The milk had a strong smell and was pretty unpalatable, hubby tried using it in his hot drinks but the whole taste was off putting.
On a wander around Sainsbury`s one day I saw the St Helen's goats milk and thought it was worth seeing if this was any less strong and smelly.
Just the same as ordinary cows milk you get skimmed, semi skimmed and whole fat, all have a low fat content.
The information on the packet tells you that the farm (near York) feeds the goats a nutritionally balanced high fibre diet and because they process the goats milk it ends up tasting very mild, light and creamy.
So I picked up a litre of semi skimmed, the equivalent of the semi skimmed cows milk that we use everyday.
Rather than make hubby suffer I became a martyr lol and tried the St Helen's Goats milk in my cup of coffee. It was fine! no strong or odd taste attached to it and it made a smooth and fairly creamy cup of coffee.
At teatime I made both our drinks using the goats milk, but I just handed over the cup of tea and left it at that. Hubby didn't notice at all, when I told him that it was goats milk he was surprised because the taste was so completely different from the milk that we had been given from my friends small holding.
I wont tell you that it has been an overnight cure for his eczema because that would be untrue. We are using the St Helen's farm milk every day in our hot drinks and on our cereals and its no problem at all to pick it up regularly from Sainsbury`s.
We have told the GP that hubby has changed to using the goats milk on a permanent basis and he feels in time that we will see a difference in the eczema flare ups.
Either way the milk tastes pleasant, it is wholesome and fresh and we both enjoy it.
In 1987 during my second year at university I developed psoriasis. Whether it was due to stress or change in diet or something else I never figured out. The doctor prescribed me various steroid creams and every year or so my body would develop some kind of immunity to the effects of the cream and the doctor would prescribe me a slightly stonger one. This carried on until about 1998. By this time I was one step away from the stongest possible cream so I stopped using them because of the permanent side-effects of thinning the skin. The psoriasis got worse and I resorted to applying the cream only when going to weddings or special occasions. I'd tried chinese herbal treatments and they didn't work. Someone suggested that I should drink my own urine but to this day I don't know whether they were taking the p?ss or whether I should be.
Whats this got to do with Goats Milk I hear you ask?.
Well one Sunday in 1998 our local branch of Sainsburys happened to completely run out of milk. It was near closing time and I'd forgotten to pick up a couple of pints in an earlier trip. So when I returned and went in to buy my normal 2 pints of milk they simply didn't have any. All they had was a load of Goats Milk on the top shelf so I bought that instead. In hindsight it was the best decision I ever made.
The effect it had on my psoriasis was practically instant. Within a few days I noticed a small improvement in the skin on my forehead. Now I'm very good at spotting patterns. Whether its a pattern of 'symptoms' in software not working or a pattern of symptoms in health issues I can generally connect cause with effect and figure out solutions to problems often with the minimum of information at my disposal. I was able to immediately connect the improvement in my skin to the purchase of my goats milk simply because nothing else had changed in my diet. I carried on buying the milk for the next few weeks and months and it became more and more apparent that I had built up an intolerance to dairy products and that for the last 11 years this (probably combined with stress at university) had triggered the skin condition which had then remained with me for all those years.
By the time of this forced purchase of goats milk the psoriasis had spread from my scalp down to my forehead, ears and had just started to creep onto my eyelids. I also had patches on my stomach, elbows, arms and knees.
Within a few months of drinking goats milk all traces orf psoriasis had gone apart from a small patch on my knee and my ears.
Goats milk is essentially the same as cows milk in terms of nutritional value but goats milk has about 20% less cholestrol than cows milk. It also containts less folic acid therefore expectant mums would require folic acid supplements to make up the difference if they made the switch. Other than that they are the same. There is no real difference in taste or smell and when used as an ingredient in receipies e.g cakes, custard etc it behaves the same as cows milk.
St Helens Goats milk comes in both whole and semi-skimmed forms in either 750ml or 1L cartons.
I buy the Whole Milk 1L carton from Sainsburys. Unfortunately I can't remember how much it costs. £1.69 rings a bell but it seems rather expensive now that I see it written down :). Next time I'm there I'll take a closer look and update the review if necessary. Anyway even if this is the correct price I think the health benefits more than justify the expense.
If anyone suffers from skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema and the doctors have been unable to identify a specfic cause then I would suggest that they try goats milk for say a month to see if their condition improves.