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Meyenberg Whole Powdered Goat Milk (new name)
on April 3, 2013
I only give it 3 stars because this new can packaging adds the word "whole" to what used to be a slightly more honest label. If you look at the nutrition label, both cans say there is only 11% fat. Thus, buyers who want true "whole" goat milk will be extremely disappointed. Real fresh goat milk is 53% fat, thus making it far more nutritious since that fat is mostly unsaturated fat.
More importantly, fat is necessary for protecting the form of calcium found in milk, calcium gluconate, from stomach acids. There are a lot of calcium channels in stomach cells, more than in the small intestine. However, it is better to prevent the breakdown of calcium gluconate to elemental calcium for transport through the stomach's calcium channels, saving them for transport of other forms of calcium. Why? Because calcium gluconate can transport into a cell through its glucose channels as well. There are far more glucose channels in the small intestine cells than in stomach cells. That is why whole milk, and other dairy products are the single best source of calcium, precisely because the fat protects the majority of the calcium until it reaches the small intestine where more of it gets absorbed. If you remove the fat, then calcium gluconate is treated the same as other calcium forms.
The extremely high load of calcium in milk and other dairy products is only partially absorbed and most of it gets lost to feces. It is especially important for us to be aware of calcium absorption precisely because the toxins in our air, food, and water tend to damage gut epithelium enough to prevent a lot of absorption of good nutrients. This is the main reason why we might crave fat, to protect the calcium getting to the small intestine. The brain does whatever it can when it gets the signals from cells in the body screaming for more calcium. It explains why ice cream is so addictive to many people.
Why is calcium so important? It is used by every single cell, tissue, organ in the body for important work and affects our very existence more than any other chemical element.