Whole goat milk is the key ingredient in Capricare® goat milk formula.

Goat milk is a source of proteins, fatty acids and a range of other essential nutrients.

A key difference between goat and cow milk is the proteins and fats. Another difference lies in the milk secretion processes: Goat milk is mainly secreted by a process called “apocrine” and cow milk is exclusively secreted by a process called “merocrine”.

Digestion

Capricare® goat milk formula is made from the natural proteins of whole goat milk that have the distinction of forming a porous curd in the baby’s stomach.

Cow formula
Goat formula

Proteins

Milk is made up of caseins and whey proteins. There are four casein proteins: alpha-s1, alpha-s2, beta and kappa- casein; and two main whey proteins: beta-lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin.

Goat milk typically has much less alpha-s1 casein and more beta-casein compared to cow milk. Not all goat milk is that same. Goats with different genetics produce very high levels of alpha-s1 casein similar to cows. Farmers supplying goat milk for Capricare® select goats for low levels of alpha-s1 casein.

Fats

The fat in milk is made up of around 30 individual fatty acids. Goat milk fat contains twice as much medium chain saturated fatty acids (caproic C6:0, caprylic C8:0 and capric C10:0) as cow milk. Medium chain fatty acids are digested more readily than longer saturated fatty acids.

Milk secretion process

When milk is made within the mammary gland it forms minute droplets within cells. The milk droplets containing proteins are released from the mammary cell by two processes:

  • Merocrine secretion, where the milk droplets combine with the cell membrane to release the contents without the loss of any other cell components.
  • Apocrine secretion, where the milk droplets are pinched off from the cell along with some of the cell component.

Goat milk is predominantly secreted by the apocrine process while cow milk is exclusively secreted by the merocrine process. Human milk is predominantly secreted by the apocrine process.

Merocrine secretion process
Exclusive in cows
Apocrine secretion process
Predominant in humans and goats

Whole goat milk is the key ingredient in Capricare® goat milk formula.

Goat milk is a source of proteins, fatty acids and a range of other essential nutrients.

A key difference between goat and cow milk is the proteins and fats. Another difference lies in the milk secretion processes: Goat milk is mainly secreted by a process called “apocrine” and cow milk is exclusively secreted by a process called “merocrine”.

Digestion

Capricare® goat milk formula is made from the natural proteins of whole goat milk that have the distinction of forming a porous curd in the baby’s stomach.

Cow formula
Goat formula

Proteins

Milk is made up of caseins and whey proteins. There are four casein proteins: alpha-s1, alpha-s2, beta and kappa- casein; and two main whey proteins: beta-lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin.

Goat milk typically has much less alpha-s1 casein and more beta-casein compared to cow milk. Not all goat milk is that same. Goats with different genetics produce very high levels of alpha-s1 casein similar to cows. Farmers supplying goat milk for Capricare® select goats for low levels of alpha-s1 casein.

Fats

The fat in milk is made up of around 30 individual fatty acids. Goat milk fat contains twice as much medium chain saturated fatty acids (caproic C6:0, caprylic C8:0 and capric C10:0) as cow milk. Medium chain fatty acids are digested more readily than longer saturated fatty acids.

Milk secretion process

When milk is made within the mammary gland it forms minute droplets within cells. The milk droplets containing proteins are released from the mammary cell by two processes:

  • Merocrine secretion, where the milk droplets combine with the cell membrane to release the contents without the loss of any other cell components.
  • Apocrine secretion, where the milk droplets are pinched off from the cell along with some of the cell component.

Goat milk is predominantly secreted by the apocrine process while cow milk is exclusively secreted by the merocrine process. Human milk is predominantly secreted by the apocrine process.