Hello GAPS community from Mt. Capra! We are so thankful we got the opportunity to sponsor the online conference this year. We believe in the GAPS mission and the importance of gut health to the rest of the body. As Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
Mt. Capra is unique in that we are a family-owned goat farm. Most of the dairy products you can find are from cow milk, and that is a problem for a lot of people. Cow milk is a common allergen, especially for children under 3. Most cow milk contains a large amount of Alpha S1 Casein, which is an inflammatory and reactive protein. It tends to be more acidic and mucus forming.
Goat milk on the other hand, is a lot easier to digest for most people. It is alkalizing, higher in potassium, high in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), and the protein forms a softer curd in the stomach. Goat milk is considered an A2 milk, as it contains mostly Alpha S2 Casein, which most do well on. The other unique component to goat milk is that it is naturally homogenized without any processing, meaning that the fat globules are smaller and evenly suspended in the milk, so that the cream doesn’t separate out to the top, but stays evenly spread throughout.
We sell a variety of goat milk products. I will highlight several that are most beneficial to the GAPS community:
Goat Milk Ghee
Our goat milk ghee is delicious and has a natural sweetness to it. Due to its high MCT content, it is semi-liquid to liquid (with some batches) when out at room temperature. It is perfect for mixing into bone broth or sautéing your veggies in. Ghee is great for cooking and baking, but you will have to experiment with it in baking, as the higher liquid content can alter the baked good if you use the same amount of ghee as butter in the recipe.
Goat milk ghee has some pretty magical properties. Since our ghee comes from grass-fed goats, it contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which is a helpful, anti-inflammatory fat. It also contains butyric acid, which helps feed and nourish the intestinal cells. You may notice that goat milk ghee is white, where cow ghee is a rich yellow. That is because goats convert the beta carotenes into formed Vitamin A, so your body doesn’t have to do the conversion. Cows don’t make this conversion, so ghee made from their cream ends up a rich yellow color from the carotenes that your body then has to do the work of converting to vitamin A.
Ghee is great for the whole family! Some of our customers use it with their cats to prevent hairballs. Others consume it by the spoonful and find it gives them more energy.
Goat Milk Formula Recipe
For those who can’t breastfeed or are struggling with their supply of breast milk, we offer a homemade goat milk formula recipe and all the real ingredients you need to make it. Goat milk is much closer to human breast milk than cow milk. It contains almost the same amount of taurine as human breast milk, which is 20x the amount of taurine present in cow milk.
The Goat Milk Formula recipe includes ingredients like goat milk, goat milk lactose, goat milk ghee, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, DHA for a healthy brain, and colostrum. We have had hundreds of families use the recipe successfully with babies that previously were having all kinds of issues on other formulas, like rashes, colic, and excessive fussiness from a painful tummy. There are no soy or corn ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, and no preservatives or hydrogenated oils. Just good wholesome ingredients that nourish growing little ones.
Goat Milk Colostrum
We also offer Goat Milk Colostrum. Colostrum has immune and gut benefits. It contains immunoglobulins, cytokines, lactoferrin, and other immune components that support the immune system. It also contains growth factors, which help in the repair of the intestines. Colostrum can be a great supplement for helping to support the gut. Cats and dogs love colostrum too! We have an increasing amount of pet owners using our colostrum with their allergy prone animals. It comes in powder and capsules and has a nice, sweet and creamy taste.
These are just a few of the many products that we have available. We also sell dried goat milk cream flakes, probiotics cultured in goat milk, an awesome mineral powder called Capra Mineral Whey made from goat whey, and various goat whey and whole goat milk protein powders. You haven’t experienced how creamy your smoothies can be until you have blended in our delicious Goat Milk Cream flakes! Often times people find out that dairy is one of the foods causing them issues and have to cut it out, which can be difficult. Alternative milks just really can’t replace that creaminess that real dairy provides. The good news is, you may not have to go without dairy! Goat milk is a suitable alternative to cow milk, is less allergenic, and is generally well tolerated and used by many. In fact, 65% of the world consumes goat milk over cow milk.
Don’t continue to miss out on dairy. Try our goat milk products today and add some creaminess back into your food!
The Stout Family – 3 Generations living and working on the farm.
The Mt. Capra Farm – lots of lush green pastures to eat!