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Day 8: Got (Goat's ) Milk?

Anyone see the Dr. Oz show yesterday? I'm usually not a big TV watcher, and definitely not during the daytime, but I had some busywork that needed to be done so I turned the TV on to keep me company as I did it.

Being interested in all things medical (my earliest aspiration was to become a doctor; then I realized I hate blood) I turned the channel to Dr. Oz. He was discussing foods that will help you "live to be 100".

The first centurial-super food he revealed: goat's milk. He had my attention.

Now, for all of you who just heaved a collective ewww, let me tell you that goat's milk isn't that bad. In fact, fresh goat milk is pretty good. Most people, though, have tried the canned stuff which is why they never want to try it again.

Although cow's milk is more common here in the US, the majority of milk drank in the world comes from the humble goat. Goat's milk contains higher levels of calcium, vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin and potassium than cow milk. It also makes fabulous cheese and yogurt.

We've been considering getting a goat for at least a year. And by we, I mean me. My husband hasn't fully bought into the idea yet.

There are a few big pluses to keeping goats. They would help with weed control (a never-ending job around the property). Goats are inexpensive to feed, and need less land than a milking cow would. (Have you ever seen a dairy cow at the State Fair? Those creatures are massive!) And, we could swear off store bought dairy products. I could fill you in on the harmful effects of homogenized cow's milk, but I think I'll save that for another day.

So, thanks Dr. Oz. My mind is made up. Now to convince my husband.

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